Punjab cabinet approves action against Imran, PTI leaders for ‘hateful’ rhetoric against institutions

Published May 25, 2024
A meeting of the Punjab cabinet on Friday. — Government of Punjab X
A meeting of the Punjab cabinet on Friday. — Government of Punjab X

The Punjab cabinet on Tuesday approved undertaking legal action against incarcerated PTI founder Imran Khan and other party leaders for building a “hateful narrative against the state institutions”.

A statement from the Punjab government said the decision was taken in a provincial cabinet meeting presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz.

Elaborating on the development during a press conference in Lahore, Punjab Information Minister Azma Bokhari said the home department had submitted an inquiry report which allegedly revealed that PTI members were “spreading mischief inside and outside the [Adiala] jail”.

She alleged that the PTI spread propaganda that Imran was not allowed to meet anyone, adding that the party was “spreading hate as part of organised propaganda”.

Bokhari said it was decided to file a complaint according to the report submitted by the home ministry.

“To spread incitement in the country, to destabilise the country, to spread hatred against the institutions in the country, that is the total agenda of this party,” she said, adding that the PTI was not thinking about the country’s benefit or favour.

Last week, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly had lashed out at the country’s military establishment over its alleged political role. He had indirectly called for the trial of the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) under Article 6 over his “political press conference”.

His comments came after ISPR Director General Maj-Gen Ahmed Sharif had said that any dialogue with the PTI could happen only if it “earnestly apologises publicly in front of the nation”.

The PTI had termed the ISPR presser as “full of contradictions”.

Opinion

Editorial

Another lynching
Updated 22 Jun, 2024

Another lynching

The chilling alternative to not doing anything — which appears to be the state’s preferred option — is the advent of mob rule.
Tax & representation
22 Jun, 2024

Tax & representation

THE taxation measures outlined in the budget for the incoming fiscal year have triggered a lot of concern among ...
Life of the party?
22 Jun, 2024

Life of the party?

THE launch of Awaam Pakistan, a party led by former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and former finance minister...
KP’s ‘power struggle’
Updated 21 Jun, 2024

KP’s ‘power struggle’

Instead of emboldening protesters, CM Gandapur should encourage his provincial subjects to clear their due bills and ensure theft is minimised.
Journalist’s murder
21 Jun, 2024

Journalist’s murder

ANOTHER name has been added to the list of journalists murdered in Pakistan. On Tuesday, Khalil Jibran’s vehicle...
A leaner government?
21 Jun, 2024

A leaner government?

FINANCE Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb has reiterated his government’s ‘commitment’ to shutting down ministries...