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    Title: PTI denies organising protest outside IMF office
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    PTI Denies Organising Protest Outside IMF Office 47814
    Description: In a series of statements addressing recent controversies and ongoing legal battles, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan asserted that PTI had no involvement in orchestrating a demonstration outside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) office. This statement was made amidst accusations of attempting to disrupt the bailout package negotiations with the newly-formed government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Speaking to the press outside Adiala Jail, where incarcerated PTI founder Imran Khan awaits trial, Gohar clarified on Saturday that while a protest did occur outside the IMF office abroad, there was no directive to prevent aid to Pakistan in the letter to the IMF. Instead, the focus was on ensuring clean and transparent elections, he added. On the other hand, in an informal conversation with journalists within the courtroom at Adiala Jail, Imran Khan commented on the IMF protest, terming it ‘correct’ but claiming ignorance regarding any anti-army sloganeering that may have occurred during the demonstration. Gohar further addressed concerns surrounding PTI's representation in the Senate elections, stating that the party had finalised its candidates for the upcoming elections from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Islamabad. Also read: Tarar brands PTI ‘anti-national’ He highlighted the ongoing legal battles, particularly referencing the 190 million pounds reference being heard and the interpretation of Article 51, expressing hope for a favourable outcome. He said that we had expressed this apprehension before the Chief Justice of Pakistan that if the ‘bat’ symbol was taken away, then reserved seats would become an issue. Our 80 reserved seats which have been taken from us is the main issue, he said, adding that we hope the Supreme Court will decide the matter in our favour. Gohar said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) did not scrutinise the reserved seats for our party’s women, adding that after the election we were forced to join another political party. He claimed that the chairman of PTI-Nazriati was picked up and threatened against supporting PTI. The PTI chairman said that we had to join any political party for two purposes, adding that it is clear in the Constitution that no political party can get more reserved seats than the seats won. He said the decision to join Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) was the best considering the circumstances at that time. He said that Asad Qaiser never said that the resolution in favour of Palestine will not be allowed in National Assembly, adding that this is a misunderstanding which may have happened due to the noise in the house. On the resolution on Women's Day, he said women who are enduring prosecution should also be highlighted. Gohar said we are trying to strengthen the faith in democracy and ensure that money is not spent in the Senate election. He further said that the secrecy of the vote in the Senate election should be maintained and that the ECP should oversee the procedure for verifying this vote.
    Published Date: 16-Mar-2024
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