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Imran Khan asks opp not to move SC against proposed re-election of Musharraf

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman, Imran Khan has advised the opposition not to move to the Supreme Court against the proposed re-election of President General Pervez Musharraf by the incumbent assemblies as, the apex court’s verdict will be in favour of the government.

“The opposition parties have no other option but to go to the masses against unconstitutional (proposed) re-election of General Musharraf by the sitting assemblies. If they (opposition parties) commit this mistake, they will be in total loss in line with the past”, Khan contended while addressing “meet the press” programme at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.

The cricketer-turned politician said he did not expect any relief from the apex court if the opposition parties took the issue of the re-election of an uniformed president there. ” Unfortunately, the judiciary is not independent. There are some no-go areas for the Supreme Court, and it cannot operate in these areas”, he asserted.

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SCBA to move apex court on Musharraf’s re-election

LAHORE, Jan 22: The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) said on Monday that it would move the Supreme Court against President Musharraf’s any bid to get himself re-elected from the present assemblies.

Flanked by SCBA office bearers, the SCBA secretary Zulfiqar Ali Bokhari told a press conference that present assemblies having a five-year tenure were not entitled to elect a president for two terms or 10 years. “What will be next assemblies do if the present assemblies cast vote twice?” he asked.
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Tehreek-e-Insaf to contest polls in full force: Imran Khan

RAHIM YAR KHAN Jan 22 (APP): Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan will  fully participate in the next general elections, whether or  not PML-N and PPP chiefs return to the country to take part in  the polls.

This was stated by Tehreek Chief Imran Khan while addressing  a press conference here Monday. Other senior party leaders were  also present.

He said although he was very much involved in pre-poll arrangements,  these activities will not hinder his commitment to social welfare,  where he is fully active and the work continues as usual.

“Shaukat Khanum Hospital, with an annual expenditure of Rs 700  million, has been providing free treatment to needy and deserving cancer patients,” he said.

A similar hospital will soon be established in Karachi,  while a technical college has been planned to set up in Mianwali  later this year, he added.

The Tehreek chief said that his dedication to welfare work  will not be affected by his political and patriotic aspirations.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

’Punjab has become a police state’

BAHAWALPUR: In a rally held under the auspices of MMA, Liaqat Baloch and Imran Khan, while addressing the occasion, have accused the Punjab of turning into a hotbed of police state, backing all the feudals, and nefarious elements.

They said that public life and property was most unsafe, and quoted the statement of Lahore High Court Bench which had earlier expressed the exact sentiments.

Liaqat Baloch accused the government of sabotaging the integrity of two-nation theory, Islamic values and culture of the Nation, and forcing the unemployed youth of the Country towards criminal activities.
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PTI’s intra-party polls to be held in February, March

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) intra-party polls will be held in February and March throughout the country, and the voter list is likely to be completed by the end of January, PTI General Secretary Muhammad Amin Zaki told Daily Times.

Zaki said that the party’s election schedule for district office-bearers would be announced by February 15 and for provincial office-bearers in the first week of March, while the schedule for central office-bearers would be announced in the middle of March. He said that Imran Khan would be the consensus candidate for the PTI chairman’s post, while Hamid Khan, Brig (r) Muhammad Shahid Zulfiqar and Admiral (r) Javed Iqbal would contest the elections for the central senior vice president, secretary general and deputy secretary general posts.

The PTI had held public meetings in Hafizabad, Pakpattan, Multan, Sahiwal, Okara and Kasur to mobilise its workers, he said, adding that the party would hold a public meeting in Bahawalpur on January 21, and the party would announce its election schedule during the last workers’ convention in Lahore in the second week of February. Zaki said that a meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal and PTI representatives would be held today to finalise the schedule of joint public meetings in Punjab.

Source: Daily Times

PTI to contest election under Musharraf if opposition decides to do so

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) would contest the forthcoming election under Musharraf if the opposition parties were ready to run for election under the current setup, said PTI chairman Imran Khan.

Talking to a private TV channel, Imran Khan, said that the PTI would see what the opposition parties decide about participating in the election; however, he said that his party had started election preparation.

Talking about the All Parties Conference (APC) convened by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mian Nawaz Sharif, he said, it had so far not been decided whether the conference would take place or not. He, however, said the opposition must unite on any platform and take tangible steps for the restoration of democracy.

Responding to a question, Imran Khan, rejected the allegation that the intelligence agencies had got him elected in the previous elections. He said if I was elected by the support of agencies, the entire members of ruling PML would have been elected by the support of intelligence agencies.

Source: Online News

Politics keeps Imran busy in 2007

Vinod Sharma
Lahore, January 17, 2007

It is politics, not cricket that keeps Imran Khan occupied in this year of the general elections and the election of the General to the Pakistani presidency.

But the former test all-rounder wants Pervez Musharraf back to the pavilion.  He compares him with Hosni Mubarak, the US-propped military ruler who is also the president of Egypt.

“The Opposition has a huge responsibility to ward off attempts to impose a Mubarak on Pakistan. The Egyptian leader also holds elections but they haven’t ushered in genuine democracy in that country,” Imran told the Hindustan Times in an interview.

For him, genuine democracy is about dismantling the system fathered by the Pak President: “There can be no compromise or a deal with Musharraf. His policies are potentially destructive of Pakistan.”
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