31 August 2023 News Headlines
A summary of today's important and breaking news regarding PTI and the country that the mainstream media of Pakistan will never show you.
- Despite orders from the Islamabad High Court, Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf and former Prime Minister Imran Khan is still in unlawful detention. No evidence of any crime has been proven in the Toshakhana or Cypher cases. However, he is being penalized for saying "Absolutely Not." Imran Khan remains steadfast in jail despite harsh conditions and has sent a message to the nation to continue the struggle for true freedom.
- Ali Ijaz Buttar, the lawyer for Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, tweeted that upon their request, Imran Khan has been granted permission to talk to his sons Salman and Qasim on the phone. Chief Justice of the Special Court Abul-Hasnaat Zulqarnain has instructed the jail superintendent to facilitate the conversation between Imran Khan and his sons.
- Imran Khan's legal team had filed requests in the Islamabad High Court regarding open trial in the Cypher case and eligibility for the case. These requests had faced objections from the registrar. Today, those objections were resolved and notices were issued to both sides. The hearing has been adjourned to next week. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had previously rejected the jail trial in a statement issued yesterday.
- The Chief Justice, under the leadership of Umar Ata Bandial, heard the request against the NAB amendment case on Imran Khan's appeal. Reporters covering the court state that the final hearing of the case is expected to take place tomorrow. Chief Justice Bandial had previously expressed the desire to conclude this case before his retirement. Lawyers hope that these unlawful amendments will be put to an end.
- The Supreme Court has upheld its decision to hold elections on May 14 in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Election Commission had submitted a review petition against the decision to hold elections, but today the Supreme Court heard the petition and maintained its ruling. The court has ordered that elections must be conducted within the next ninety days, and the Election Commission does not have the authority to delay them.
- Following the rejection of the Election Commission of Pakistan's second review request by the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding elections in Punjab, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced the filing of a contempt of court petition against the Election Commission of Pakistan. The spokesperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf stated that the Election Commission is responsible for transparent elections in the country, but the Election Commission itself has obstructed the electoral process by engaging in manipulation. Action should be taken against the Chief Election Commissioner and all members for contempt of court in light of their actions.
- Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Sindh, Haleem Adil Sheikh, was presented in the Sindh High Court yesterday where he was unlawfully arrested. Today, he was brought before the court again, and the judge of the anti-terrorism court ordered his immediate release. However, the Sindh Police arrested him again on new charges. During the court appearance, Haleem Adil Sheikh remarked, "In the case where I have faced allegations, I am out on bail from Peshawar High Court. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will have to ponder whether these institutions – governments, police, and the judiciary – are above accountability?"
- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, Usman Dar, said, All boundaries of lawlessness have been crossed. In his tweet today, Usman Dar said, "The status of a mother's honor and respect is the highest and noblest in any society. My ignoble politically motivated opponents have tarnished this great sanctity as well. God willing, justice will prevail in this world." Usman Dar's elderly mother appeared in the Session Court today against the closure of their home and businesses.
- The Lahore High Court has requested details of cases against 36 political prisoners from the IG Punjab. These prisoners have been in continuous detention for three months. Why were arrests made when proscribed individuals were delisted? What crimes happened in jail to justify new arrests? These were some questions raised by Justice Shahzad Malik.The President of the Lahore Bar High Court, Ishtiaq A. Khan, has demanded an immediate decision on the bails of the arrested PTI women. Decisions regarding bail for the arrested women in various cases, including Jinnah House, should be made promptly. Ishtiaq Khan said, "We stand with the courts, but the courts should also make us feel that they stand with justice."
- The Sindh High Court Bar Association held a rally from the High Court to the Press Club. Lawyers protested in the courts courtyard, even burning electricity bills. Lawyers loudly chanted slogans against K-Electric and demanded the immediate reversal of additional taxes imposed by K-Electric.
- Due to ongoing political instability and inflation, the economy is deteriorating every day. Today, the stock exchange crashed by 1242 points, causing a halt in business activities. In the open market, the dollar is not available even at 328 rupees. Ishaq Dar’s hidden mines are now exploding one by one , and the nation is suffering.
- In Rawalpindi, sugar has risen to 180 rupees per kilo, and in some places, it's even selling at 185 and 190 rupees. Initially, it was expected that sugar prices might reach 220 rupees per kilo, but now it's being projected to go up to 250 rupees. Sugar mill owners increased prices to earn more than 500 billion rupees in the last months of PTI's rule.
- Complete shutter down protest against inflation continued in various cities across the country. While commenting on the protests, PTI leader Farrukh Habib said, "Nawaz Sharif's relative Ishaq Dar has made electricity, gas, flour, sugar, and ghee so expensive that the oppressed people of the country are now protesting against them. Now media personnel are being called on their phones to stop them from covering the protests saying that these protests should not be given coverage.
- The PDM government might have ended, but the nation will bear the consequences of their destruction for many years to come. In just 16 months of PDM’s rule, inflation has increased from 12% to 30%, GDP growth rate from 6% to -0.5%, agricultural growth rate from 4.55% to 1.27%, poverty and unemployment have risen by 5%, tax growth have been decreased from 30% to by 13% while losses escalated from 5300 billion to 6400 billion rupees. Meanwhile, all cases of their corruption have been pardoned.