Imran Khan’s punishment should not end with just disqualification: Maryam

Bilawal says PTI chief was spreading lies about rivals but has been caught red-handed himself

By: News Desk
Published: 03:12 PM, 21 Oct, 2022
Imran Khan’s punishment should not end with just disqualification: Maryam
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PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while reacting to the ECP verdict, have said that Imran Khan has been caught red-handed and the punishment should not end with disqualification only, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a tweet uploaded on Friday afternoon, Maryam Nawaz said “Pakistan's first certified liar and certified thief disqualified with irrefutable evidence of theft. The husband and wife together looted the national treasury.”

She further said “As big as the theft is, the punishment should not end only with disqualification. He should be arrested and brought before the law and the looted money should be recovered.”

in his tweet, Bilawal Bhutto said “Election commission of Pakistan has found Imran Khan guilty of corrupt practices. He now stands disqualified. He who would spread lies about alleged corruption of his political opponents has been caught red handed.”

Sherry asks PTI to stop giving new angle to ECP’s decision

Commenting on the disqualification of former prime minister Imran Khan by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in the Tosha Khana case, Federal Minister and PPP leader Sherry Rehman said the ECP had given the decision as per law and that the PTI should not give it any twist.  

She made it clear to the PTI leaders and workers that Imran was not the first politician, who had been disqualified. “Another former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had been declared ineligible for holding any public office only because did not inform the concerned authorities that he had not received the salary,” she said, and claimed, “Imran’s case was not different from that of Nawaz, and there could be no two different decisions in the case of the same nature.”  

Sherry was of the view that the PTI demanded two sets of laws: one for itself and the other for its political opponents.

She said that the PTI leaders, instead of threatening the ECP and calling it names, should discuss the legal aspects of today’s verdict.

The federal minister said how ironical it was that that very man who called others ‘thieves and thugs’ had himself proven to be ‘corrupt’.    

Mohsin Ranjha

Talking to media persons after announcement of judgment in front of ECP, PML-N leader Barrister Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha said he was expecting that after the decision, Imran Khan would also be imprisoned for three years under Election Act.

Ranjha said Khan had initiated politics of allegations and now was himself a proven thief resulting in disqualification from politics and still would have to be accountable for 2018 onward filed returns before ECP.

The PML-N leader further said that Imran Khan was declared guilty of corrupt practices because he had sold gifts he acquired for pennies from Toshakhana and made the Nation fool by labeling allegations of corruption against his opponents.

JUI reaction

Speaking on the occasion, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi said that today was a day of happiness for Pakistan and its people.

President PDM) Maulana Fazlur Rahman had 10 years earlier declared Imran Khan as a Jewish agent and lobbyist, he added.

Today’s ECP decision had proved in front of the whole world that Imran Khan was no more “Sadiq and Ameen” but a traitor, he said.

The JUI-F leader said that Imran Khan had caused damage to this country and its population. He has derailed the country’s economy with his wrong policies. He said “Imran Khan who calls other thieves has been declared as a liar. Now we have to clean Pakistan from a traitor and Jewish lobbyist”, he added.