Military performed no function in Imran’s arrest: Khawaja Asif

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ISLAMABAD:

Protection Minister Khawaja Asif defended the navy in opposition to allegations of involvement on Tuesday in former premier Imran Khan’s arrest saying the military had “no function” in it.

Talking to journalists exterior the parliament, the minister mentioned, “Imran Khan was not arrested by the Rangers or the navy. The Rangers solely assisted the police in finishing up the arrest.”

He additionally lambasted the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief for “hurling baseless accusations on the armed forces”, which he maintained was the truth is an effort to “justify” the Might 9 assaults.

On Might 9, in an unprecedented present of vandalism, protestors allegedly belonging to the PTI, vandalised public and state properties and even attacked the Basic Headquarters in Rawalpindi and Lahore corps commander’s residence.

The assault occurred hours after the paramilitary Rangers arrested Imran within the Al-Qadir Belief corruption case, later retitled as Nationwide Crime Company £190 million scandal, on the orders of the Nationwide Accountability Bureau, from the Islamabad Excessive Court docket premises.

The rioting was adopted by a harsh crackdown in opposition to the previous ruling celebration leaders and staff that also continues.

“Imran Khan is now making an attempt to clarify the organised assaults of navy installations and making an attempt to hunt for excuses for having instigated folks [against the army],” Asif mentioned.

He additionally revealed that there had not been any dialogue between the allied events of the ruling coalition over the imposition of a ban on the PTI.

Learn COAS vows no mercy for Might 9 rioters and vandals

Notably, whereas a number of PML-N leaders have expressed their assist for the concept, the PPP on totally different events has hinted its opposition to banning a political celebration.

Nonetheless, Asif mentioned that “instant dialogue may very well be referred to as ought to the necessity come up”.

“One can’t rule out a ban on the PTI,” he added.

In response to a different query, he mentioned that PML-N supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif “will definitely return to Pakistan”.

It could be famous that the Supreme Court docket (Assessment of Judgements and Orders) Invoice, 2023, has renewed hopes of Nawaz’s return.

Underneath the brand new legislation, politicians together with Nawaz Sharif and PTI’s former secretary basic Jahangir Khan Tareen who have been disqualified for all times beneath Article 62 (1) (f) of the Structure may even have the ability to file a evaluate petition.

Nonetheless, Federal Minister for Regulation Azam Nazeer Tarar mentioned the brand new legislation is not going to profit Nawaz Sharif.

Speaking to Specific Information, he claimed that this legislation is just not person-specific.

“The Supreme Court docket (Observe and Process) Invoice might have a bearing on [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supreme leader] Nawaz Sharif however that invoice has been suspended by the apex courtroom,” he mentioned.

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