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Pakistan writes to The Economist over article by former PM Imran Khan

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The Pakistani Authorities raised issues in a letter to The Economist on Friday concerning an article purportedly written by former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who’s presently in jail after a conviction in a corruption case. Khan questions the equity of the upcoming normal election within the piece.

Murtaza Solangi, Pakistan’s Federal Caretaker Minister for Data, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, said whereas asserting the letter, “It’s puzzling and disconcerting that such an esteemed media outlet printed an article within the title of a person who’s in jail and has been convicted.” He asserted that the federal government is in search of data on The Economist’s editorial decision-making course of, together with issues concerning the legitimacy and credibility of the content material. The federal government additionally inquired whether or not The Economist has beforehand printed ghost articles by jailed politicians from any a part of the world. Solangi added, “If jailed convicts have been free to write down to the media, they might at all times use the chance to air their one-sided grievances.”

Imran Khan within the article raised issues concerning the legitimacy of the caretaker governments presently in energy on the federal and provincial ranges in Pakistan, stating that they’re unlawful as a result of authorities’s failure to carry elections inside 90 days of parliamentary assemblies being dissolved. Khan expressed scepticism concerning the promised nationwide elections on February 8, notably given the denial of elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regardless of a Supreme Courtroom order and accused the nation’s election fee of biased actions, together with rejecting his celebration’s nominations and hindering inner elections. He additionally alleged interference from the army institution in orchestrating his elimination from workplace, pointing to stress from the USA as a catalyst. Imprisoned on expenses together with treason, Khan asserts that the upcoming elections, if held, can be a farce, as his celebration is denied the proper to marketing campaign freely.

Regardless of public protests and his celebration’s recognition, Khan faces authorized challenges, assassination makes an attempt, and harassment of celebration members.

Khan was disqualified for 5 years by the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) within the Toshakhana reference case. Filed in August 2022, the case delt with accusations towards Khan of failing to details about presents. The ECP’s verdict on October 21, 2022, cited dishonest behaviour, resulting in prison proceedings. Khan challenged the choice, asserting authorized present acquisition and public use. His subsequent conviction on August 5, 2023, resulted in imprisonment.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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