Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf chief Imran Khan. – File Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Tuesday assailed the government again by severally criticising the recently adopted contempt of court bill and said that it will be challenged in court, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives, Khan said that the bill is based on ‘ill-intentions’ of the rulers and has divided the nation.

The PTI chief said that the rulers have introduced the bill to hide their pilfering and corruption. “There is a big cirque about to commence between government and judiciary,” he envisaged.

Khan further went on to say that the government will milk this law first and then will contest election with that money.

He alleged that the government has tried providing a cover to country’s bureaucracy with the help of this law. “These rulers have removed ‘law’ from the county all together,” he added.

The 13-clause bill, which exempts “holders of public office” from the mischief of contempt in “exercise of powers and performance of functions” and allows for suspension of a sentence during the pendency of an appeal, was adopted by the lower house of the parliament on Monday.

The bill still has to be cleared by the Senate and signed by the president before it will become law.