• Party’s core committee terms complaint against IHC’s Justice Kayani part of govt’s efforts to intimidate judges
• KP CM’s aide sees no sign of recovery from ‘worst economic crisis’

ISLAMABAD: Pakist­­an Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) core committee has criticised the Adiala Jail ad­­ministration for not allowing Dr Asim to conduct medical check-up of PTI founding chairman Imran Khan and urged that court take its im­­mediate notice.

The committee emphasised that Dr Asim should be allowed to conduct Mr Khan’s medical examination.

It condemned the complaint filed against Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, a judge of the Islamabad High Court, in the Supreme Judicial Council.

The panel said the misconduct complaint against Justice Kayani was part of the government’s ongoing efforts to intimidate and coerce judges.

It said the complaint of misconduct against a judge after sending toxic letters to judges who had complained of interference by spy agencies in judicial affairs was part of an organised campaign against the judiciary.

The forum urged Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faiz Isa to take notice of incidents of harassment of judges directly and indirectly to expose the people behind an ‘organised campaign’ against judges and the judiciary.

The committee said the PTI had decided to boycott ‘unconstitutional elections’ for the slots of chairman and deputy chairman of the Senate.

Economic crisis

Meanwhile, adviser to KP chief minister on finance Muzzammil Aslam has said the country is facing the worst-ever economic crisis, with no sign of recovery.

He criticised the government for crushing the people under the burden of back-breaking inflation.

He said that on April 9, 2022, a no-confidence motion was moved against the PTI government over allegations of inflation because the PTI government had put the economy on the path of rapid recovery despite Covid-19 pandemic that played havoc across the world.

The adviser said that in the last year of the PTI government, remittances and exports were at an all-time high, but all hard-earned gains were reversed due to the no-confidence motion against the PTI government.

Mr Muzzammil said the recent World Bank report had revealed that another 10 million Pakistanis would fall below the poverty line.

Published in Dawn, April 9th, 2024

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