'Unannounced martial law’ imposed in Pakistan, Imran Khan tells SC

07:47 PM | 6 Jun, 2024
'Unannounced martial law’ imposed in Pakistan, Imran Khan tells SC

ISLAMABAD – Imran Khan, the imprisoned founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), voiced grievances about the "victimization" he has endured since his removal from office in April 2022. This statement was made during the Supreme Court's hearing on the NAB amendments case.

Khan participated in the hearing via video link from Rawalpindi's Adiala jail, where he has been held following his conviction in the Toshakhana case last year.

The Supreme Court's five-member bench, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and including Justice Aminuddin, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Athar Minallah, and Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi, presided over the case.

During his address, Khan alleged that an unofficial "martial law" had been enacted in the country. He claimed that his swift conviction within five days was a deliberate move to exclude him from the upcoming general elections.

Imran Khan highlighted the economic crisis, contrasting the remittances from abroad with the elite sending their money out of the country. The Chief Justice pointed out that Khan was mixing two issues.

Justice Athar Minallah acknowledged the misfortune of Khan being in jail, given his significant following. Khan lamented the alleged injustice, claiming an undeclared martial law and expressing hope in the Supreme Court.

Justice Mandokhail blamed politicians for the country's issues, while the Chief Justice stopped Khan from discussing pending cases like the cipher case. The Chief Justice encouraged Khan to meet and discuss with parliament members, reminding him that they are not enemies.

The PPP lawyer affirmed their readiness to engage in dialogue with all parties. The Chief Justice questioned Khan's decision to grant amnesty and expressed distrust in NAB's recovery figures. The court demanded a ten-year budget record from NAB and criticized misleading documents.

Justice Athar Minallah referenced his dissenting note, mentioning the PTI's three-year tenure, while Justice Jamal Mandokhail advised that jail time could mature politicians. Khan claimed to have observed NAB court operations during his imprisonment.

Justice Ameenuddin questioned which NAB amendments violated fundamental rights, while Justice Jamal Mandokhail inquired about fixing NAB. Khan criticized the elite's plundering, accused parliament of self-preservation, and reiterated grievances about his imprisonment and treatment compared to Nawaz Sharif.

Justice Mandokhail advised amending the law through parliament, while Justice Jamal Mandokhail urged Khan to avoid discussing pending cases. Khan requested a comparison of jail facilities provided to him versus Nawaz Sharif, which the Chief Justice agreed to verify through a surprise visit by a judicial officer.

The hearing concluded with mutual thanks between the Chief Justice and Imran Khan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


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