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  1. KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek Insaf gained one more veteran politician on Friday when Dr Babar Awan quit Pakistan People?s Party and joined the Imran Khan-led platform. On the occasion of joining, Awan said that he left the party after 21 years. ?It?s time that I join the real opposition party,? the senator said. The PPP is rapidly loosing its members to the PTI, as former PPP leaders Firdous Ashiq Awan, Noor Alam Khan and Nazar Gondal also recently joined the party. Noor Alam Khan, who is a close aide of Asif Zardari, and former federal minister Firdous Ashiq Awan joined PTI on May 23rd and 30 respectively. Later, Nazar Gondal, who formerly served as a Federal Minister for Capital Administration & Development, joined the PTI on June 6. The PTI Chairman has welcomed the leaders into the party fold. Former PPP leader Firdous Ashiq Awan joins PTI PTI?s official Twitter account tweeted out two photos announcing the joining of the former PPP stalwart At the time of Nazar?s joining, Imran Khan had said that many members of the PML-N wanted to join his party but could not due to fear of reaction. PTI chief had also said that along with the old PPP members (who are joining the PTI) a new Pakistan would be formed.
  2. ISLAMABAD: In an apparent reference to the Joint Investigation Team probe of Sharif family, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that he is getting closer and closer to winning the "Panama Test match". Speaking to journalists here today, Khan said he would start a massive street movement after Eid if there is an attempt to make the JIT controversial. "They (PMLN) are preapring Maryam Nawaz as the next Prime Minister as they are now left with no any other option," he said. "2017 is the year of election. The Chief of Army Staff has assured that polls will be transparent. Soldiers will be deployed inside and outside polling stations." The PTI chief said that the judges have made it clear that the Qatari prince's letter would be of no worth if the Qatari royal family member does not appear before the JIT. "We are soon going to win the Supreme Court match. The JIT report is about to come; PM Nawaz should start taking stress pills." Responding to the allegations made by his former party leader Javed Hashmi, he said that the Rs 30 million investment by Shaukat Khanum in Thailand had been returned back to Pakistan. The special bench of the Supreme Court has directed the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Sharif family's financial assets to submit its final report on July 10. The direction was given after the JIT submitted its third and second-last progress report to the bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh. The JIT, formed on May 6 in light of the Supreme Court's April 20 judgment in the Panama case, was given 60 days to complete its probe. However, since the original deadline was falling on a Friday, and with the JIT taking a day off on Eid, July 10 has been decided as the deadline to submit its final report. On June 7, the JIT had submitted its midterm report before the special bench. The bench had expressed satisfaction with the JIT?s progress in the probe, and reiterated that the investigation has to be completed within the stipulated 60-day period.
  3. A A very low turnout was witnessed in the party's recently held intra-party polls. Photo: Reuters ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Swabi District President Shah Malik Yousafzai has challenged the party?s recently held intra-party polls. In a petition submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday, Yousafzai said the PTI intra-party elections were illegal. He urged the ECP to declare the intra-party polls illegal and order for the exercise to be held afresh. Earlier this month, PTI Chief Election Commissioner Azam Swati declared successful holding of the party?s intra-party polls, which were won by the ?Insaf Panel?. According to Swati, the Insaf Panel received 189,055 votes while the Ehtesab Panel bagged 41,647 votes. Insaf Panel wins PTI's intra-party polls Current leadership to continue holding the sway in the party The members of the party ? around two million in number ? sent their votes via SMS to select the party?s hierarchy. A very low turnout was witnessed in the intra-party polls, which are mandatory under the electoral laws of the country. The Insaf Panel included the present PTI leadership, while its opposing Ehtesab Panel had little known PTI members competing against the party?s bigwigs. Following the intra-party polls, the ECP allowed the PTI to be allotted the electoral symbol of the cricket bat, which it had restricted earlier owing to the lack of intra-party elections. Foreign funding case in ECP The ECP held a hearing into the PTI?s ?foreign funding? case on Thursday. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan observed that the ECP had adjourned the Hashim Bhutta case as well since a similar case is ongoing in the Supreme Court. Bhutta, a ?common? citizen, had filed a case saying the PTI chairman lied to the ECP with regards to the party?s funding and should thus be barred from contesting elections. The foreign funding case is ongoing in the ECP on a petition by Akbar Babar, a founding member of the PTI who has since been disowned by the party. PTI funding case: ECP rejects Imran?s plea to indefinitely postpone case PTI chairman to submit his reply by June 7 The CEC directed Babar to submit his reply, saying the bench will then proceed over the matter. The petitioner?s counsel asked that the proceedings not be delayed, saying the matter relates to illegal funding of a political party. The counsel said PTI Chairman Imran Khan had earlier sought refuge with the Islamabad High Court and now is doing so before the Supreme Court. The CEC, however, directed the PTI chief to submit his response by July 6, noting that Imran Khan has not submitted a response despite several notices. The hearing was then adjourned.
  4. PTI chairman Imran Khan presides over a meeting of party leaders in Bani Gala. ? Geo News screengrab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has said that there is no doubt about "blackmailing of judiciary and the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) at the behest of the prime minister". PTI chief Imran Khan on Wednesday presided over a meeting of party leaders at his Bani Gala residence, which held a detailed review of JIT investigations so far, resistance being offered to it by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and overall political situation of the country. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family have not been able to present anything in their defence; they are only levelling accusations in response (to JIT investigations)," read a statement issued after the meeting. It said Sharif family's statements have revealed the future of Panama case. "There is no doubt, following the remarks by Supreme Court judges, that the judiciary and JIT are being black-mailed at the behest of the prime minister," the PTI stated. "The government in pursuance of its wicked motives has backing from specific media groups and intellectuals affiliated with it." It alleged that a "vicious propaganda" is being waged against the judiciary and Panamagate investigators under a well-thought plan. The meeting also expressed extreme displeasure over political speeches delivered by Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq. The statement said Sadiq brought disgrace to speaker's post by obeying Sharif family's orders. It lamented that PM Sharif has appointed people like him in every institution.
  5. KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples? Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday expressed complete satisfaction on the performance of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and his entire team while lambasting PTI over its performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Speaking to the media after inaugurating a fly-over in Malir the PPP chairman lauded the progress in Sindh including Karachi under his party?s government. He highlighted that sanitation work was improving and multiple roads were being built. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari added that if progress continued at the same pace, his party would surely secure its share in Karachi in the next elections. Taking a swipe at the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Bilawal said that they are complaining that they have been held accountable during his mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto?s tenure and during the rule of Pervez Musharraf. The PPP leader said that every time the PML-N was held accountable during PPP rule they colluded with the establishment to remove the PPP government. He asked what accountability the PML-N leadership faced during the Musharraf years, highlighting that they had signed a document and fled the country. Training his sights on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bilawal Bhutto said he met with the young doctors who informed him that PTI is destroying the health services setup in the province. Taking a jab at the PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who is quite active and has a massive following on social media, Bilawal said the change Khan had promised is limited only to Twitter.
  6. ISLAMABAD: Talking to journalists here on Saturday, after chairing a party meeting, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan levelled allegations against the Jang Group of supporting the corrupt family. Referring to Shakil-ur-Rahman, he objected to the way, they had given coverage with reference to the Panama case. He asked was this the job of a media house to protect the corrupt and cover up corruption. ?You are defaming the Supreme Court and running false stories. Some Whatsapp was surfaced, which was a conspiracy against this corrupt (Sharif) family.? He added the entire nation was devastated due to corruption and annually Rs 1000 billion was going out through money laundering; same money could be invested in Pakistan and this would generate jobs. Imran said that the biggest money launderers were Nawaz, his family and Ishaq Dar. ?Is the job of the media to cover up their corruption and file false stories, like Nawaz appeared before JIT by risking his life, Mughl-e-Azam is going before JIT and that history is being written?? he asked. Imran maintained that he was not against Jang or The News journalists but against the policy of a kingmaker, who is making decisions that in Pakistan ?you may commit dacoities, I am with you.? ?The job of the media is to bring forward truth and uncover corruption and not to project the corrupt person,? he noted. The entire nation and Pakistani children, he added, knew that they were lying for over a year about their London apartments and having no money trail. Meanwhile, the PTI issued a statement announcing boycott of the media House and announced to withdraw its representation from all forums run by Geo and Jang Group. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Jang Group has vehemently denied the allegations of Imran Khan. The spokesman said Imran wants the Jang Group to side with him, instead of upholding its tradition of presenting stance of all stakeholders. He said the Panama Leaks news was broken by the Jang Group. The group enjoys the honour that its journalists published this news with all details and names. Besides, many other news items regarding the Panama case were regularly presented. The spokesman said Imran wants the Jang Group and its policies to favour him. He said the Jang gives all types of stances for the people so that their information may increase and they may decide appropriately. Imran has levelled such allegations earlier also and the Jang Group has challenged them in courts in Pakistan and Britain and has won cases. In fact, Imran is making efforts to make the Jang Group disputed so that people may believe that the Group is in favour of one party and against the other. The spokesman refuted the allegations of Imran and vowed to challenge them in court of law.
  7. Looking at the pace of the investigation it seems that the verdict will be announced soon, said Fawad Chaudhry. Photo: Geo News screen grab LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry advised the party workers on Sunday to be prepared for all eventualities. While addressing a press conference, he said that after the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Panama Leaks case, any sort of emergency situation can arise; either announcement of general elections or another movement. The Joint Investigation Team is going to present its 15-day report to the Supreme Court before Eid. ?Looking at the pace of the investigation it seems that the verdict will be announced soon. The court can give the verdict at any time.? Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders failed to submit a reply to the Supreme Court pertaining to their apartments in United Kingdom, he said, adding these people want to hide statements of witnesses. The more the ruling leaders are trying to escape from this quicksand, the more they are getting trapped in it. The leaders have entangled themselves in a maze, remarked Chaudhry. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/90c73100c949b4624fc979701dae272a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8xOC8yMDE3IDk6MzA6NDMgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0zSXhQQitlUGtoSnpDWDRkNWo4eFNRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Hudaibiya Papers Mills is quiet a big scandal, he said, alleging that the funds for Hudaibiya Mills came from motorway commission. Corruption has been rampant in many development projects. If the records are made public, then people will find out about these robberies, he claimed. ?Corruption is a menace but money laundering is a bigger crime.? ?They [PML-N] don?t need to write history they need to return the money.? First, the money was made through corruption and then the money was sent abroad, he claimed. PTI Chairman Imran Khan has advised everyone to be prepared for any eventuality, he added.
  8. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Khan Tareen took to Twitter and shared his opinion that the Punjab chief minister was being quizzed by the JIT "due to his involvement in the Hudaybia money laundering scam." In another tweet, he added that one by one members of the ruling Sharif family were being investigated. The PTI leader said that Shehbaz Sharif?s appearance before JIT is ?due to his involvement in the Hudaybia money laundering scam..which is connected to Mayfair flats through AlTowfeek loan?. Asad Umar meanwhile termed Pakistan Muslim League-N?s Abid Sher Ali?s speech hilarious, in which the minister was ?demanding that all the corrupt & law breakers should be held accountable?. ?Can someone remind him that he is a part of the Govt that is supposed to do what he is demanding!? he tweeted. Shehbaz Sharif appears before JIT, says not the first time family held accountable Shehbaz Sharif is the fourth member of the Sharif family to appear before the JIT Leaders are held accountable in democracy, not victimising Sharif family: Imran How are they being victimised if they have become billionaires, asks PTI chairman. Criticising Shehbaz Sharif?s speech after his appearance after JIT, Umar said that he is ?again telling us the story of his family based on some facts and lots of fiction?. ?You were summoned for the money trail of your London properties and the London court verdict on Hudaybia papers mill scandal,? the PTI leader said. Umar said that Shehbaz like his brother gave answers to everything except those asked by the Supreme Court. Shehbaz Sharif appeared before the Panama case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Saturday. Shehbaz Sharif is the fourth member of the Sharif family to appear before the JIT. After his scheduled appearance, the Punjab chief minister spoke to the media outside the Federal Judicial Academy and told journalists that he had been summoned by the JIT to appear before them 'as someone acquainted with the facts of Panama case. "I have recorded my statement," he told journalists before adding that "two days earlier the prime minister appeared before this JIT and it was for the first time that an elected prime minister appeared before a JIT to present his stance." "Today perhaps this is for the first time in history that a chief minister has appeared before JIT," Shehbaz told journalists. He told journalists that the prime minister's actions and his own clearly show the difference between how much respect the judiciary is given by military dictators and elected officials. ?I also have a history of back pain but did not use that as an excuse. I did not go and get admitted in Rawalpindi Medical Institute nor did I go to London. The apex court constituted the committee and I presented my stance before them."
  9. ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif on Saturday claimed that Imran Khan?s PTI will eventually merge with Asif Ali Zardari?s PPP as both parties were moving towards each other. ?The way things are, it seems eventually Zardari would become the chairman of PTI,? said Asif while speaking to the media in Islamabad. The defence minister also said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would succeed in the court of the people during the 2018 general elections. He added that negative politics by all opponents would be rejected. ?The government is fulfilling all its promises made by the PML-N during the last elections,? said Asif. Asif added that the masses would again bring the PML-N to power by giving it a heavy mandate during the general elections 2018.
  10. ISLAMABAD: PTI has requested the Supreme Court to stop Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar from creating hurdles in the investigation being carried out by the Joint Investigation Team of the Panama case. In its petition, PTI has alleged that the prime minister has misused his powers by starting a movement against the judiciary and the JIT that has been formed to probe the Sharif family and others regarding the Panamagate. It added the purpose of this movement was to hinder the investigation being carried out by the JIT. This was despite the fact that the Supreme Court has expressed satisfaction over the progress of the team, the petition stated. It further read the federal ministers and other officials of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz were targetting the investigation team. Moreover, PTI stated, the JIT members, judges and their children have also been threatened. Therefore, PTI requested the apex court, to direct the prime minister and finance minister to implement court orders under Article 190 of the Constitution, which states all executive and judicial authorities throughout Pakistan shall act in aid of the Supreme Court.
  11. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday re-allotted Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) the ?bat? election symbol, said a notification issued by the ECP. PTI?s election symbol was withheld by the ECP due to the party not holding intra-party elections, which are mandatory under ECP rules for allotment of an election symbol. Imran Khan was re-elected chairman of the party and PTI stalwart Shah Mahmood Qureshi as vice chairman for another term.
  12. NATHIA GALI: Former federal minister and a senior member of the Pakistan Peoples Party Nazar Mohammad Gondal announced to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Tuesday. While talking to media here PTI Chief Imran Khan, flanked by the former PPP leader, said that along with the old PPP members (who are joining the PTI) a new Pakistan would be formed. The PTI Chairman welcomed the leader into the party fold. Nazar Gondal on the occasion said that with a heavy heart he has bid farewell to the PPP. Imran Khan said that many members of the PML-N wanted to join his party but could not due to fear of reaction. Nazar formerly served as a Federal Minister for Capital Administration & Development. Gondal is the third PPP leader to join the PTI recently. Earlier, Noor Alam Khan, who is a close aide of Asif Zardari, and former federal minister Firdous Ashiq Awan joined PTI on May 23rd and 30 respectively.
  13. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/3ea08d5af496b18bf620e8143e1ed033.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yLzIwMTcgMTo0NToxNCBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPS92c003eFdsTGhiMEFqSGVqaGFnSUE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haq has sent a Rs. 2-billion defamation notice to the premier?s daughter Maryam Nawaz for carrying out his fake media trial. The notice issued by Senior Advocate Babar Awan states that Maryam has scandalised Haq under the garb of a so-called legal notice sent on October 31, 2016. It adds that since the notice was circulated on national media it has caused the PTI spokesperson losses to tune of Rs2 billion. In the notice, Maryam has been asked to furnish within 15 days a copy of the full report of Dawn Leaks without any omission or cutting. The notice Maryam had sent to Haq stated that the latter had accused the former of being responsible for the leaking information discussed at a high-level national security meeting. It added that the accusation was defamatory, false, scandalous and did not have any evidence. ?The statement has been represented as if it is a true fact, which is not the case.? It further read that Maryam was not even a member of any security committee not she had access to any information, discussion or decisions taken at any such meeting. 'Nehal Hashmi, Tariq Fatemi were made scapegoats' A ?mafia? and their ?godfather? are involved in humiliating the institutions, while Nehal Hashmi, Pervaiz Rashid and Tariq Fatemi were made the scapegoats, said Haq. While talking to the media, the PTI spokesperson said attempts were being made to threaten the judiciary and make ineffective the Joint Investigation Team formed to probe the Panama case. Hashmi's party membership was suspended after he made controversial remarks against the judiciary for probing the prime minister and his family over the Panama case, while Fatemi was removed from his position over the Dawn Leaks issue.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/18049359534d826fd1505e534fc3e7dd.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yLzIwMTcgMjo0MToxMSBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUh2eDBVZm5LVkhvcHAvTXlXZVZrVnc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that the government is tapping mobile phones of judges and their family members. The PTI leader made the allegation in a video message. ?Who traced the Whatsapp call of the Registrar Supreme Court?? he said while referring to the Whatsapp call requesting inclusion of certain members into the JIT. Fawad Chaudhry said that it was the government?s conspiracy to release the secured Whatsapp call. ?Nawaz Sharif?s government is being confrontational with the judiciary under a well-planned strategy,? he said. The PTI leader inquired upon whose orders the phones of the important judiciary members are being tapped. He further said that for the investigation of this matter, different high officials and intelligence agency members should be approached so the matter can be probed. A rift formed between the government and the judiciary when PML-N leader Nehal Hashmi in his speech threatened the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s unidentified ?enemies?. Nehal Hashmi threatens those investigating PM?s son, warns of consequences PML-N Sindh leader was addressing Youm-e-Takbeer event Following the surfacing of the speech, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took suo motu notice of the issue. Prime Minister had suspended the party membership of Hashmi and directed him to tender his resignation from Senate. CJP takes suo motu notice of Nehal Hashmi's speech The party has also issued a show cause notice to the PML-N leader
  15. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haq has sent a notice to the premier?s daughter Maryam Nawaz, demanding Rs2 billion as compensation for carrying out his fake media trial. The notice issued by Senior Advocate Babar Awan states that Maryam has scandalised Haq under the garb of a so-called legal notice sent on October 31, 2016. It adds that since the notice was circulated on national media it has caused the PTI spokesperson losses to tune of Rs2 billion. In the notice, Maryam has been asked to furnish within 15 days a copy of the full report of Dawn Leaks without any omission or cutting. The notice Maryam had sent to Haq stated that the latter had accused the former of being responsible for the leaking information discussed at a high-level national security meeting. It added that the accusation was defamatory, false, scandalous and did not have any evidence. ?The statement has been represented as if it is a true fact, which is not the case.? It further read that Maryam was not even a member of any security committee not she had access to any information, discussion or decisions taken at any such meeting.
  16. ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Peoples Party Leader and federal minister Firdous Ashiq Awan joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday. Awan travelled from Sialkot to Nathiagali where she met with Imran Khan, PTI secretary-general Jehangir Tareen and PTI leader Ishaq Khan Khakwani, sources told Geo News. The former minister will make a formal announcement today. PTI?s official Twitter account tweeted out two photos announcing the joining of the former PPP stalwart. "Firdous Ashiq Awan meets Jahangir Tareen. She will meet Imran Khan shortly after which she will announce her inclusion into PTI," the first tweet read. The official account then posted another tweet which said that she has joined the party.
  17. ISLAMABAD: An unusual situation developed outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday when PML-N leader Danyal Aziz was about to address the media, a PTI lawyer tried to jump the line. What followed was two steps short of a scuffle that eventually ended with the dais tumbling to the ground. However, Aziz ending up speaking to the media about the reservations Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s son Hussain Nawaz presented in the court regarding the members in the Joint Investigation Team formed to probe the Panama case. While reiterating Hussain?s concerns, Aziz said one of the JIT members belongs to a political family. In his petition submitted to the court, Hussain has claimed that the JIT member from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Bilal Rasool, is the nephew of PTI leader Mian Azhar. Azhar, a former governor of Punjab, was originally affiliated with PML-N but later joined PML-Q and then PTI. According to Hussain, Bilal frequently speaks against the incumbent federal government, despite being a public servant. Also present outside the Supreme Court, PTI lawyer Fawad Chaudhry said the court has rejected Hussain?s objections on the JIT members. He added two of the members whose names were requested to be removed are the ones who have command over dealing with white collar crime. Fawad added the work of JIT was being hindered in the name of transparency although the prime minister and Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar were the once who could actually influence the team and its proceedings. PTI Spokesperson Naeem-ul-Haq flanked Fawad?s statements, saying after Hussain?s reservations have come to the fore it was obvious that the premier was trying to hinder the proceedings.
  18. PESHAWAR: As part of their assault on grid stations run by the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO), workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ransacked the Sakhi Chasma grid station Saturday night. Protesting ?unfair? load shedding in their areas, PTI workers reportedly damaged the windows, guard room and boundary wall of the grid station. The protesters also forcefully restarted the supply of electricity to their areas. After negotiations between the protesters and officials from the police and PESCO, the demonstrators pulled out of the grid station and went home. Earlier on Saturday, for the second day in running, PTI workers led by the party?s MPA from Peshawar, Fazal Elahi, surrounded several grid stations in Peshawar and demanded the resumption of electricity to their areas. Also on Saturay, PTI workers led by several elected representatives ransacked the WAPDA office in Batkhela, Malakand and damaged furniture and other equipment. They were dispersed after the intervention of law enforcement officials. In a statement, Water and Power Minister Khwaja Asif condemned the PTI workers? assault. He claimed the grid stations being attacked are the same areas from where over 70% of electricity is stolen through the use of kundas. He added that residents of these areas also do not pay their bills.
  19. PTI MPA Fazal Elahi restored electricity of more than 100 nearby places. Photo: file PESHAWAR: The city?s main electricity supplier, Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (PESCO), registered on Saturday a case against PTI MPA Fazal Elahi for barging into a grid station. On Friday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers barged into Rehman Baba grid station. The workers, under the leadership of PTI MPA Fazal Elahi, entered the station and opened the closed feeders on their own, which led to restoration of electricity more than 100 nearby places. Load shedding woes: PTI workers barge into grid station in Peshawar The workers, led by MPA Fazal Elahi, also chanted slogans of ?Go Nawaz Go? inside the PESCO facility Speaking over the matter, Elahi remarked that the Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (PESCO) had assured the protesters earlier that the electricity crisis will be resolved soon, but lamented that people are still facing 20-hours-long load shedding.
  20. PTI MPA Fazal Elahi restored electricity of more than 100 nearby places. Photo: file PESHAWAR: The city?s main electricity supplier, Peshawar Electricity Supply Company (PESCO), registered on Saturday a case against PTI MPA Fazal Elahi for barging into a grid station. On Friday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers barged into Rehman Baba grid station. The workers, under the leadership of PTI MPA Fazal Elahi, entered the station and opened the closed feeders on their own, which led to restoration of electricity more than 100 nearby places. Load shedding woes: PTI workers barge into grid station in Peshawar The workers, led by MPA Fazal Elahi, also chanted slogans of ?Go Nawaz Go? inside the PESCO facility Speaking over the matter, Elahi remarked that PESCO had assured the protesters earlier that the electricity crisis will be resolved soon, but lamented that people are still facing 20-hours-long load shedding.
  21. KANDHKOT: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is all set to display political strength in Kandhkot on Wednesday. PTI Chairman Imran Khan will address the participants at Anaj Mandi ground. The preparations have been finalised for the party?s rally scheduled in the city. Strict arrangements of security have been put in place at the venue. For participants, walkthrough gates have also been installed at the main routes leading to the ground. At the venue, more than 10,000 chairs have been placed and the stage is 20 feet in height and 60ft wide. According to party leader Haleem Adil Shaikh, PTI Chief Imran Khan and other leaders would leave from Sukkur for Kandhkot at 5 PM.
  22. ISLAMABAD: Close aide of co-chairman Pakistan People?s Party Asif Ali Zardari Noor Alam on Tuesday Tuesday joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Noor Alam was also the Member Organizing Committee of the party and an ex-MNA from Peshawar. Talking to the media, party chairman Imran Khan claimed that many others from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) also intend to join PTI. ?Many others want to leave PML-N but are scared that they will also be treated like Chaudhary Aijaz?, he added. PPP leader Mustafa Khar decides to join PTI He will be putting an end to his decades long association with PPP Former Sindh CM Liaquat Jatoi to join PTI The leader to officially announce the decision during a rally on April 22 at his hometown He said that new people bring new life to the party, adding that background check of the newcomers is checked. Talking about the social media issue, he said that it cannot be banned.
  23. PTI's lawyers raised objections over Hanif Abbasi's petition. Photo: file ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan remarked that the case on foreign funding of his political party is not worthy of being heard by the Supreme Court. This was stated by PTI?s legal counsel Anwar Masood during case hearing on Tuesday. He added that he is making the statement after consulting with his client A three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, is hearing the case on a petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Hanif Abbasi. During the case proceedings, PTI?s lawyer raised objections over the petition. The opposing counsel raised their concerns and remarked that ?Imran Khan failed to implement orders of the court,? adding that he even failed to submit a reply pertaining to the notice. The court had issued written notices related to Imran Khan and Jemaima?s bank accounts details. The court had granted him till May 19 yet the leader failed to do so, pointed out Abbasi?s legal counsel. The CJP also reasoned if ECP has the authority to probe into foreign funding cases of political parties. ?Does ECP not have the right to probe foreign funding charges after the elections?? He asked. He remarked, ?Elections are held after every five years. If an inquiry into foreign funding comes to the front after four-and-an-half years, then can ECP not probe it?? PTI lawyer also remarked that parties? account details are submitted every year. Upon which, CJP asked him, ?can ECP not raise question over foreign funding after the year has passed?? CJP pointed out that the political parties ordinance seeks to make the culture of political parties transparent. Imran disqualification case: SC warns against using hearings for political gains Justice Bindial said that this would affect the dignity of the SC in the eyes of a common man Justice Umar Ata Bindial pointed out that ECP has the right to hold elections then it also has the complete right to investigate parties? funds too. Justice Faisal Arab remarked that it is not necessary that parties show foreign funding in their accounts. He added, a party which does not take foreign funding is questioning the jurisdiction of ECP. Thieves create commotion to hide their crime: Fawad Chaudhry PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that political opponents creating noise to hide their crimes. Photo: Geo News screen garb PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry remarked that thieves create commotion to hide their crimes while speaking to the media outside the Supreme Court. Taking a jibe at his political opponents, he said that they are using a ?shor machao policy? [create commotion]. ?We don?t know about the funds of the other parties. Funds of all the parties should be made transparent.? He also said, ?if you want to see our funds, then let us see your funds too.? He also said that the party has nothing to hide and it has made all its accounts online, on its website. ?We are the only party to have done so.? PML-N leaders bash Imran Khan Speaking to the media, Hanif Abbasi said that Imran Khan managed to evade search yet again. ?Verdicts are coming against Imran Khan yet he is not willing to come to courts.? Imran Khan?s lawyer accepted that they took around USD 600,000. Imran Khan took money for the well-being of people affected by floods and then spent it on his party. When it comes to what he wants Imran Khan says that institutions should be surrounded, he remarked. On the other hand, PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz said that three weeks have passed and Imran Khan has still not submitted his money trail. Imran Khan even failed to submit the money trail of his house in Bani Gala, he added.
  24. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/2c70e8d8b04a7657960127816eee22d5.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8yMi8yMDE3IDk6NTA6NTEgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT15VWxVNFh4K1ZxbFRlVG9uNVJNNDlnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Offices of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s (PTI) social media head for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were raided by unidentified officials, it was revealed on Monday. Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court on Monday, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry condemned the continuous action against the party?s social media activists. He explained that the party does not know for sure which organisation ransacked its social media office in Peshawar, saying it could be the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). ?[Prime Minister] Nawaz?s actions [against free speech] mirror Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina?s crackdown on opposition parties,? claimed Chaudhry, a lawyer by profession. He cautioned the federal government from using state machinery to clamp down on dissent, saying ?there is a difference between hate speech and [political] insults.? We stand with our social media activists, and even with those from across the aisle, he said further. Praising the Pakistan Army as ?our own?, PTI MNA Mohammad Ali Khan said [Interior Minister] Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is behind the FIA action. The PTI will hold a protest outside the Islamabad Press Club against the arrests of its social media activists Monday evening. Party leaders say if the situation does not improve they will increase the size and frequency of their protests. Stop maligning state institutions: Govt orders mass crackdown on social media activists PTI to hold protest in Islamabad on Monday over ?harassment? of workers The FIA is investigating some 41 people for posting anti-state content on various social media websites. ?Some two dozen people suspected of publishing hate materials are in our custody ? and it also includes some eight activists of the PTI and PML-N,? a senior official of the FIA disclosed to Geo News on Sunday.
  25. QUETTA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is demonstrating its political strength by holding a public rally in Quetta today, with an important announcement expected by party chairman Imran Khan. PTI Balochistan chapter's president, Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind accompanied Imran Khan to Ayub Stadium, where the rally is being held. PTI leaders Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Jehangir Tareen and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed are also present alongside the PTI chief. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e94244226ebe9323e27053d1a2eabef8.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8xOS8yMDE3IDE6MTg6NTAgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0ydlJqSXB1RzVZTTY5dVI0MnFiNDBRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Stern security measures have been in place to thwart any untoward incident, while separate seating arrangements were made for women participants at the rally. Addressing the participants, Jehangir Tareen said the rulers to the date have only filled their pockets. He promised that his party will put looters in jail. Admitting that the rulers neglected Balochistan, he vowed to end deprivation of the province after his party came into power. "The rulers of Balochistan also played politics in the name of province," Tareen said.