PTI petitions SC against interim Punjab, KP govts

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC), seeking the removal of interim Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief ministers after the completion of their governments’ tenure.

According to reports, former chief ministers – Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Mahmood Khan – filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC). In the petition, the PTI has sought removal of Punjab and KP chief ministers (CMs) – Mohsin Naqvi and Muhammad Azam Khan – after completion of their tenures. The plea also asked the apex court to restrain the chief ministers from exercising their powers.

The party also asked the top court to formulate a procedure for “running daily affairs” in Punjab and KP. “The court should formulate procedures under its supervision until the holding of general elections in the provinces,” the plea stated. The federal government and the Election Commission of Pakistan are parties in the petition. Principal secretaries of Prime Minister and President have been also made parties in the petition.

Meanwhile, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that the “reign of terror” in the country was not controlled by “puppets” in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), but by “another force”. The former prime minister made these remarks in a series of tweets, wherein he recounted the arrests of several workers and leaders of his party in recent days. “The way we have descended into becoming a banana republic where there is no rule of law and only law of the jungle, it is clear that this reign of terror is not controlled by PDM puppets, but by another force that sees itself totally above the law,” he said. Imran further alleged, “Our people are abducted and afterwards sham FIRs (first information reports) are registered. As bail in one FIR is granted, another FIR pops up.