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Khawaja Asif hints at elections before new army chief's appointment

Defense Minister further added that the “caretaker government may leave before November and a new one may come”.   

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London: Federal Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif has Wednesday hinted at the possibility of general elections in Pakistan to be held before November, prior to the appointment of the new army chief. 

In an interview with a foreign news agency, the minister said that Imran Khan wanted to do his personal will on the issue of appointment of next Army Chief. 

“The caretaker government may leave before November and a new one may come,” Defense Minister said.   

Referring to the extension of Chief of Army Staff, the minister revealed that General Qamar Javed Bajwa himself has announced that he has no intention to extend his tenure. 

“His decision has closed the door on speculations,” he added.

He said that the procedure for appointment of Army Chief should now be institutionalized like the judiciary. 

Gen Bajwa will remain in office till November 2022, after his three-year tenure was extended in 2019.

He specified that two Army Chiefs were appointed in 2013 and 2016, respectively, and the then Prime Minister made decisions on the basis of merit and valued army’s recommendation—respecting the institution’s proposal, both times. 

Asif said all the names that will be in this list will be considered, asserting: “If the name of Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed was included in the seniority list, then it would be considered”. 

The minister stressed that Imran Khan is simultaneously playing on religion, as well as, repeating anti-American rhetoric— in a bid to hide his failure behind these two or three statements which, unfortunately, became popular among public. 

He was introduced by establishment as an alternative to the traditional politicians, he said, adding that the decision was made to “bring a new man, freshness in politics”. 

However, he harmed the country. 

Slamming Khan’s statement regarding institutes becoming neutral, the federal minister said: “Now, it does not suit him to make institutions neutral,”

Khawaja Asif also said that the anti-establishment statement made by Imran Khan was “shameful”.

He added that Imran Khan wanted to ensure that his political interests and the continuity of his rule were protected. 

“He wants to be in power and the institutions to provide him with crutches,” said defence minister, adding that everything has been revolving around only one person for the past four years.   

Referring to the political turmoil last month in the wake of the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, the defence minister said: “It gave the opportunity to start afresh”.

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Riots in Islamabad: Police register cases against PTI leaders including Imran Khan, Asad Umar

Riots in Islamabad: Police register cases against PTI leaders including Imran Khan, Asad Umar

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Riots in Islamabad: Police register cases against PTI leaders including Imran Khan, Asad Umar

Islamabad: The Islamabad police Thursday booked senior PTI leaders including chairman Imran Khan in a case for the riots that ocurred in the federal capital during the “Azadi March” on Wednesday.

Police also registered cases against PTI leaders Asad Umar, Imran Ismail, Raja Khurram Nawaz, Ali Amin Gandapur, and Ali Nawaz Awan.

The police registered two separate cases at the Kohsar Police Station for "rioting and arson".

The first FIR was registered at the complaint of a sub-inspector (SI) named Asif Raza, while the second one was filed on behalf of SI Ghulam Sarwar. 

The cases have been registered against 150 people out of which 39 have been arrested. They also mention the burning of the metro bus stations at Islamabad's Jinnah Avenue, damaging a government vehicle at the Express Chowk, and breaking the glass windows of Geo News and Jang office. 

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Japan beat Pakistan 2-3 to kick green shirts out of Asia Hockey Cup

Japan has already stunned defending champions India 5-2

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Japan beat Pakistan 2-3 to kick green shirts out of Asia Hockey Cup

Pakistan's hopes to enter the super four stage of the Asia Hockey Cup 2022 and qualify for the 2023 Hockey World Cup suffered a big blow as the Men in Green conceded a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Japan in a closely-fought Pool A match at Jakarta's GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium on Thursday.

Japan, who on Tuesday stunned defending champions India 5-2, scored two goals in the first quarter to put Pakistan under pressure.

Pakistan made a strong comeback in the second quarter when in the 23rd minute, Ijaz Ahmed scored a scintillating field goal. But four minutes later Japan scored the third goal. Pakistan found another breakthrough in the 30th minute, thanks to a well-converted penalty corner by Mubashir Ali.

Both teams, however, failed to score any more goals in the last minutes of the game.

Pakistan, who scored a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 against India in their tournament opener, registered a thumping 13-0 win against hosts Indonesia on Tuesday.

Yet, the visitors finished at number three as India claimed the second spot on the points table after thrashing Indonesia 16-0 in their last pool game. That means Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia have sealed the FIH World Cup 2023 berths.

India has qualified as hosts while Pakistan are out of the race. The Asia Cup served as a World Cup qualifier.

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SC dismisses govt’s contempt of court plea against Imran Khan

The government filed the plea against PTI this morning

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SC dismisses govt’s contempt of court plea against Imran Khan

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has refused to take contempt of court action against PTI Chairman Imran Khan for violating the apex court’s orders during ‘Azadi March’.

The government filed the plea this morning after the PTI openly defied the apex court’s directives, announcing to hold a rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad’s prohibited Red Zone.

The SC formed a five-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, to hear the contempt of court plea At the outset of the hearing, Attorney-General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf read out the SC verdict before the court.

The court dismissed a petition filed by the federal government, saying that activists were not responsible as they act on the directives of party leadership. It also ordered the release of 20 activists who were booked for rioting and violence.

However, following the reports of violence and mayhem during the protest brought before the Court, the Court has now decided to issue a comprehensive order after pondering over the matter keeping in view the nature of assembly and association so that it can serve as a guideline to the practice of constitutional rights in future.

The Court observed that fundamental rights of assembly, association, and movement are not unlimited, but there are certain limits to them.     

At the outset of the hearing today, Attorney-General of Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali presented his submissions before the Court pointing out the violations of the Court's order by PTI.

He also mentioned before the court the breach of allowed venue and entering the D-Chowk by PTI workers, burning public property and trees, injuring the security forces personnel, and creating turmoil in the federal capital.

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