Judiciary must take notice of video scandal: PM

NPHP flagship project of PTI government: PM Imran

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ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had been pressuring judiciary in the past and directed to deal with the party’s recent attacks on the national institutions. Chairing a meeting of spokespersons, PM Imran said that PML-N was trying to make institutions controversial and gave a task to the spokespersons to give befitting response to the PML-N’s false propaganda.

On the occasion, the prime minister said that any negative agenda of the opposition will not be succeeded.  He reiterated to continue ongoing indiscriminate accountability process in the country and added, Judiciary is an independent and autonomous institution and the government should not become a party. The prime minister said that the judiciary should take notice of the alleged video.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government must avoid becoming party in the video scandal surrounding around accountability court judge Arshad Malik’s alleged confession of convicting former PM Nawaz Sharif under duress. Judiciary is free and independent, [and therefore] it should take notice of the matter, he said while chairing a meeting of the government spokespersons in the federal capital on Monday.

The prime minister said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has launched attacks on superior judiciary of the country in the past also. He directed the media managers to give the opposition party a befitting response for ‘launching attacks on state institutions’.

The meeting reviewed the country’s overall political situation in the wake of the alleged video confession by the accountability court judge, brought forward by PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz at an all-revealing news conference, flanked by senior most party leaders in Lahore on Saturday.

She claimed that an incriminating video was used to force the judge give a desired verdict in Al-Azizia corruption reference against her father, the three-time prime minister of the country. Judge Arshad Malik could be heard in the video as saying that there was no proof of corruption against the deposed premier in the December 24 Al-Azizia reference, and that he was blackmailed into giving a verdict against Sharif.

Speaking in today’s meeting, Prime Minister Imran said efforts were afoot to defame state institutions, and directed the party’s representatives to give a strong response to PML-N’s alleged tactics of defaming the institutions. PML-N has a history of targeting and maligning the judiciary… but, this is Naya Pakistan and this won’t be tolerated any longer.

Moreover,  Prime Minister Imran Khan will chair a federal cabinet meeting on today to discuss six-point agenda. According to the details, the prime minister has sought details of the foreign trips and the expenditures of former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif from 2008.

The details of the amount spent on foreign trips, medical treatment, and security of the past rulers will also come under discussion. The details in this regard will be presented by the Foreign Ministry and Cabinet Division in tomorrow’s meeting of the federal cabinet.

Prime Minister Khan will take cabinet into confidence over his upcoming visit to the United States. The cabinet is likely to discuss the matter of Arshad Malik leak video issue.

The meeting will also mull over to issue visa-on-arrival facility to the Qatari residents in Pakistan, while the reconstruction of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will also come under discussion.

In the last meeting of the federal cabinet, the federal cabinet had formally approved Hajj Policy 2019. This was stated by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, sitting beside Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, in a media briefing in Islamabad. She had said Prime Minister Khan has directed to make the Hajj policy free of all scandals.

Furthermore, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is scheduled to visit Shandur for a day today. The Prime Minister would witness the final of the Shandur Polo Festival. PM Imran Khan is also slated to distribute prizes among the winners of the historic festival. A three-day Shandur Polo Festival began in district Chitral Sunday morning.

Inspector General Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Major General Rahat Nasim Ahmed Khan inaugurated the festival. Speaking on the occasion, he said holding such a big polo festival in Shandur Valley is a breakthrough reflecting that peace has been restored in the country.

He said arranging polo festival was a difficult task but the security forces and district administrations have made it possible. The IG FC said Pakistanis have tremendous skills which will be utilized for prosperity and development of the country.

He lauded the efforts of Tourism Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and district administrations of Chitral for arranging recreational activities in the festival. Different colorful programmes including Paragliding, food stalls and traditional dances have also been arranged in the festival.

Meanwhile, Ghizar defeated Laspur by 7-8 goals in a polo match on the opening day of the festival. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan who was chief guest on the occasion said the present government is committed to encourage sports and other healthy activities in the province. He said billions of rupees have been allocated for this purpose.

Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by district administration Chitral and Tourism Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to facilitate tourists in Shandur. He also witnessed long jump and para-gliding competitions.

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