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Imran Khan to guide lengthy march on Islamabad on Might 25



PESHAWAR: Former prime minister and Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Sunday introduced to guide a protracted march in the direction of Islamabad for the nation’s “battle for actual freedom” on Might 25.

Addressing a press convention after his occasion’s core committee assembly held right here, the previous prime minister stated the principle calls for for the march to the capital had been the fast dissolution of the Nationwide Meeting and a date for the following normal election to be held in clear method.

He additionally informed the navy to stay to its said stance of being “impartial”.



“I wish to give a bit of background of how we reached right here. There was a overseas conspiracy in opposition to Pakistan from the US. On this regime change, they used locals — essentially the most corrupt folks, who had been able to grow to be a part of any conspiracy to avoid wasting their corruption”.

“This conspiracy was hatched eight months in the past and I used to be alerted about it in June, and after August, I totally understood what was taking place. We did our greatest that in some way this conspiracy might be voided however sadly we couldn’t cease it.”

The PTI chairman defined intimately his allegations of conspiracy in addition to the aim of his march earlier than asserting the date.

“On the twenty fifth [of May] I’ll meet you in Islamabad on the Srinagar Freeway,” Imran stated addressing his supporters and occasion employees.

“It’s important to attain there at 3pm. I invite all the ladies as a result of I’ve seen your anger. I had by no means seen that earlier than.

“I need folks from all [walks of life] to return as a result of that is Jihad, and never politics. I’ve determined and informed all my staff that we now have to be able to sacrifice our lives.”

Imran indicated that the march would convert right into a sit-in and proceed till his calls for are accepted. “We’ll by no means below any scenario settle for them. Irrespective of how lengthy we now have to stay in Islamabad we’ll stay there.”

‘NA dissolution, election date important calls for’

He stated the march would have two major calls for: dissolution of assemblies and a date for elections.

The previous prime minister referred to as for truthful and clear elections, including that if the nation had been to deliver the present authorities again into energy then he would settle for it. “However, no nation from outdoors will [be allowed to] impose them on us,” he added.

Imran informed his supporters to organize beforehand for elements reminiscent of “communication, transport and gasoline”, predicting that the federal government would use varied obstacles to impede the march.

He careworn that the occasion had all the time remained peaceable in its protests, including that very same could be true for the upcoming march, as he referred to as on girls, youngsters and households to take part in “Pakistan’s battle for actual freedom”.

Addressing the forms, Imran warned that if any “incorrect” actions had been to be taken relating to the occasion’s “peaceable protest”, then that “could be unlawful and we’ll take motion in opposition to you”.

Imran tells navy to stay to ‘being impartial’

Relating to the navy institution, he stated: “I additionally say to my military that you just stated you might be impartial so now stay impartial.” Nonetheless, he stated that he needed to ask everybody to the march, together with the households of civil servants, military personnel and ex-servicemen.

Imran lashed out on the authorities’s financial administration, saying that the rupee and inventory market had been seeing speedy declines, which might result in extra inflation.

“They don’t have any plan or a roadmap. They’ll’t take choices. They concern taking choices and so they don’t wish to put a burden on themselves,” he stated.

The PTI chief’s announcement got here after the occasion’s core committee held a gathering within the provincial capital earlier within the day.


Previous to the assembly spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities, Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif stated Imran would preside over the assembly and lots of necessary choices might be taken within the assembly.

Addressing a public rally in Multan on Friday, Imran had introduced {that a} date for the Azadi March to Islamabad could be determined at present through the core committee assembly. He had additionally introduced the anticipated dates could be between Might 25 to 29.

The PTI chief had stated that in addition to deciding the date for the lengthy march, the core committee would additionally talk about the preparations required for the march.

“The core committee can even chalk out a plan on deal with the anticipated arrests of the PTI leaders and street blockages to cease them from marching on Islamabad,” he had stated.

Since his ouster as prime minister on April 10, Imran has held a sequence of enormous public rallies throughout the nation, terming his ouster a overseas conspiracy and urging the general public to organize for a march to the capital to strain the authorities into accepting his demand for fast elections within the nation.

Govt criticises march 

Info Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb launched a barrage of criticism on the PTI in wake of the announcement. She stated that the choice of elections was one for the federal government and its allies alone.

“You now not have any authority over elections,” she stated.


In the meantime, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz stated Imran begins attacking the nation every time it’s progressing in the direction of prosperity.

“Now’s the time to face agency in opposition to this enemy of Pakistan,” she stated.


Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz issued an announcement that termed the lengthy march announcement an “Imrani sazish (conspiracy)” in opposition to Pakistan.

He alleged that Imran and his followers weren’t “well-wishers” of the general public. “Imran Khan can’t maintain the entire nation hostage for the sake of his ego,” Hamza added.

“Adverse attitudes in politics are detrimental to the steadiness of the nation. Characters working in opposition to nationwide pursuits have to be stopped by the drive of unity,” he stated.

CM Hamza stated that call making was not accomplished within the streets when the parliament is current for that objective, including that the nation wouldn’t permit anybody to unfold “anarchy”.


Talking quickly after Imran made the announcement, PML-N chief Talal Chaudhry and PPP chief Sharjeel Memon careworn that the federal government wouldn’t be “blackmailed” or “pressured” by the lengthy march to hold out elections.

Talal stated the PML-N in addition to its coalition companions additionally needed elections however would announce a date at their very own time.

In the meantime, Memon lashed out at Imran and the PTI, alleging that he needed to unfold “chaos and instability” and maintain the federal government hostage.

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Data Minister’s assertion: PTI questions caretaker regime’s ‘neutrality’



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson on Monday lambasted the caretaker Federal Minister for Data Murtaza Solangi for his “nonsensical and absurd” remarks about PTI’s intra-party polls, saying that his assertion put a stamp on his prejudiced and biased character.

In a strong-worded response, PTI spokesperson mentioned that the caretaker authorities’s solely constitutional accountability was to conduct free, truthful and clear elections inside the constitutionally outlined deadline.

The spokesperson mentioned that Data Minister’s slanderous assertion had uncovered “neutrality of the caretaker regime”, including that the PTI was the one political celebration that buried the normal hereditary and dynastic politics by introducing new and succesful faces into the political panorama of the nation.

Nonetheless, he contended that it was surprising to notice that the present interim regime had fully failed in performing its due constitutional obligations, thus it grew to become an “unconstitutional” and “unlawful”.

PTI spokesperson famous that Solangi didn’t have any constitutional and ethical justification to provide assertion towards inside affairs of any political celebration, including that his assertion questioning PTI intra-party election testified his bias.

He underlined that PTI was the one political events championing the structure and democracy within the nation that fully rejected the idea of heredity and dynastic politics and launched succesful and new faces into the political area of the nation.

PTI spokesperson identified that the caretaker authorities after offering all-out assist to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) at each step to maintain PTI out of the election course of, the caretaker authorities was now resorting to such a shameful recreation to sabotage the PTI’s intra-party elections.

He went on to say that the weather, who have been enjoying key position to deprive PTI of stage enjoying, needs to be ashamed for giving statements based mostly on lies and accusations.

PTI spokesperson suggested that the unconstitutional Data Minister mere centered on nonsense rhetoric, accusations and distortion of info since assuming the workplace as a substitute of performing his constitutional position.

He recalled that the caretaker authorities failed miserably at each stage starting from holding normal elections on constitutionally mandated timeframe to offering stage enjoying fields to political events for the forthcoming normal elections.

PTI spokesperson requested Solangi that he ought to have a look at his duties assigned to the caretaker authorities within the structure and attempt to implement them as a substitute of educating PTI the lesson of democracy.

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SCCI voices concern over enhance in gasoline costs for industries



PESHAWAR: Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Trade president Fuad Ishaq expressed concern over enhance in gasoline costs for the industries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, together with textiles to Rs3176 per mmbtu below the blended gasoline coverage.

By imposing 80 per cent pure gasoline and 20 per p.c RLNG fee on KP, he demanded to withdraw 18 per cent gross sales tax on industrial sector because the province is surplus gasoline manufacturing, 

Talking at a joint press convention right here president of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Trade Fuad Ishaq and Chairman, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textile Mills Affiliation Kamran Shah right here on the chamber home on Monday stated it’s fully simply to impose extreme gasoline costs on Ok-P whereby gasoline manufacturing is surplus which was additionally sheer violation of the article 158 of the structure of the nation. 

Members of the enterprise group stated 50 p.c industries in KP have shut after imposition of the blended gasoline coverage in KP and RLNG fee, making not solely operating companies and industries troublesome however inconceivable within the province.  

In response to varied queries of the reporters, Fuad Ishaq stated that the overall gasoline manufacturing of KP is 550mmcfds in opposition to its consumption 200mmcfds, and imposition of the blended gasoline coverage on this province is very alarming.  

Not a single industrial gasoline connection was given to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the previous 13 years, opposite to that industrial gasoline connections have been offered in Punjab, which was tantamount of discriminatory angle, Fuad Ishaq added. 

In the course of the presser, Senior chief of the businessman discussion board, former senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, the SCCI senior vice chairman Sanaullah Khan, vice chairman Ijaz Khan Afridi, former presidents Riaz Arshad, Malik Niaz Ahmad, Faiz Muhammad Faizi, govt member Affaf Ali Khan, former chairman KPTMA Afan Aziz, KPTMA vice chairman Sikandar Kuli Khan Khattak, businessmen connected with textile sector embrace Irfan Moten, Ashaf Ahmad, Engr Ihsanulllah, Muhammad Shoaib, Engr Matiullah, Muhammad Ayub, Arifullah, Muhammad Safdar Khan, former vice chairman Abidullah Yousafzai, and Saddar Gul, Faiz Rasool, Fazl e Wahid, Ishtiaq Muhammad and others current. 

The businessmen stated imposition of the blended gasoline coverage with a ratio of 80/20 was fully unjust and in opposition to the structure of the nation.   

The KPTMA chairman stated the textile trade is the spine for the nation’s financial system. He knowledgeable that out of 15 textile models, seven have nearly shut in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa below the prevailing situation whereas remainder of industrial models have been run with capability of fifty per cent.

Moreover, he knowledgeable textile industries consumed solely 10mmfcds gasoline whereby the gasoline is surplus amount and consumption much less regardless of that discriminatory angle is being carried out by KP industries, which is very deplorable. 

Former president of the KPTMA, Afan Aziz, stated that after growing the costs and supplying gasoline at RLNG charges, the costs have now been doubled below the blended gasoline coverage, which is a whole injustice with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

He stated that efforts are being made to deprive the province affected by terrorism of constitutional rights which may be very worrying and this discrimination needs to be stopped instantly.

Ilyas Bilour in response to a query of reporters stated it isn’t the responsibility of the enterprise group to battle with the federal government however we’d attempt to elevate problems with the group earlier than it and resolve them with mutual consensus and desk talks. 

He demanded of the federal government to make sure due constitutional rights to KP. He added Punjab can be our brother however there needs to be maintain the rights of smaller provinces. 

Fuad Ishaq to a query relating to any future line of motion or protest, replied that the enterprise group believes in unity, tolerance and concord and would at all times attempt to resolve points by negotiation with authorities and related authorities. 

He, nonetheless, urged the federal government to overview the huge gasoline worth hike and revise its determination in the very best curiosity of industries and the financial system of the nation.

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No disaster on assembly ECP’s monetary necessities: Solangi



ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Data and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi on Monday acknowledged that there was no disaster in assembly the monetary wants of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) for holding the upcoming common elections after stories that the Ministry of Finance had did not launch funds to the election physique regardless of repeated reminders.

Media earlier reported that the scenario resulted within the summoning of the finance secretary by the ECP in addition to prompting the ballot physique to contemplate writing to Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.

Sources in ECP revealed {that a} whole of Rs42 billion was allotted for holding common elections on this yr’s price range however the finance ministry solely launched Rs10 billion to date. They additional added that the remaining quantity has been delayed with none rationalization.

The ECP officers maintained that the ballot physique instantly wants Rs17 billion to carry common elections on February 8, 2024. Repeatedly, they stated, the finance ministry was approached for releasing the funds however to no avail.

“There isn’t any disaster on assembly the monetary wants of the ECP. The cupboard had accepted Rs42 billion for the budgetary wants of the ECP. An quantity of Rs10 billion was already launched,” Solangi wrote on his official X deal with.

He stated that the ECP has approached to launch Rs17.4 billion out of the budgeted quantity.

“No matter budgeted quantity is required by the ECP might be launched as per its wants accordingly. We firmly stand behind the ECP in holding free and truthful elections as mandated by article 218(3) of the Structure,” he additional asserted.

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