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Imran Khan demands inquiry against retired Gen Bajwa over ‘oath violation’

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Imran Khan demands inquiry against retired Gen Bajwa over 'oath violation'

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday requested President Arif Alvi, who is also supreme commander of the armed forces, to initiate an inquiry against former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) retired Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa over his alleged involvement in his ouster.

The PTI chief has been accusing the former army chief of playing a key role in toppling the PTI government since he failed to obtain a no-confidence vote from the National Assembly in April last. The campaign got pace in November last after retired Gen Bajwa hung the boots as Mr Khan openly slammed him for derailing a democratic set-up through a conspiracy. 

Mr Khan has sent a letter to President Alvi, highlighting that some recent information surfaced on media proved that Mr Bajwa as COAS “violated his oath of office repeatedly”. In the letter, Mr Khan referred to an article of journalist Javed Chaudhry wherein the latter had written about his conversation with the former army chief.

“He [Mr Bajwa] has admitted to journalist Javed Chaudhry that ‘we’ (and it would be critical to ascertain from him who was the ‘we’ in reference to) considered Imran Khan dangerous to the country if he continued to stay in power,” Mr Khan told the president in the letter. 

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“The question that arises is who gave him the power to decide that an elected PM was supposedly a ‘danger to the country if he continued to stay in power’. Only the people through elections can decide who they want to elect as PM.” “Taking such a right on himself is in clear violation of his oath as given in Third Schedule Article 244 of the Constitution,” he stressed. 

The PTI chief said retired Gen Bajwa had also admitted his role in dismissal of a NAB case against former finance minister Shaukat Tarin. “…he managed to get NAB case against Shaukat Tarin dismissed revealing that NAB was under his control,” reads the letter. 

The former premier said it was also a clear violation of the Constitutional oath because “the army itself is a department under the Ministry of Defence and civilian autonomous institutions do not come military control”.

“According to a Vlog of a Pakistani journalist Aftab lqbal, Gen Bajwa told him in conversation that he had tapes of then PM Imran Khan’s conversations with him. This is a serious violation again of his oath and violation of fundamental human rights. The question is why and under what authorisation was Gen Bajwa recording confidential conversations?” the letter said.

He alleged that Mr Bajwa as COAS also committed another serious violation of his oath when he publicly went against the then government’s policy of maintaining neutrality in the Russia-Ukraine war. “He [Bajwa] did this at an international conference in Islamabad on April 2, 2022 – the Islamabad Security Conference,” he said.

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Imran Khan, who is currently facing multiple cases in courts, said it was constitutional duty of the president and as supreme commander of the armed forces to “take immediate action and institute an inquiry so as to establish whether such grave violations of the Constitution and oath of Office under the Constitution have taken place”.

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

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4.3 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Punjab

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale struck various parts of Punjab including Lahore on Monday 

People came out of their homes in panic and started reciting verses from the Holy Quran. No loss of life and property was reported in any part of Punjab. 

According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre, Islamabad, the epicentre of the earthquake was located five kilometres south of Sheikhupura at the depth of 45 kilometres.

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Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter on LoC

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Pakistan Army has shot down a spy quadcopter of Indian Army on the Line of Control (LoC).

According to a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army (ISPR), on Monday, an Indian Air Force quadcopter spying on Pakistan was shot down.

The ISPR said that the army has found the downed quadcopter inside Pakistani territory.

It may be recalled that it is the fifth anniversary of Operation Swift Retort today. On February 27, 2019, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian fighter planes that violated Pakistani airspace. 

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PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

PTI founder, Bushra Bibi indicted in 190m pound case

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 An accountability court indicted the PTI founder and his wife Bushra Bibi in the ill-famous 190 million pound case – also previously known as Al-Qadir Trust case – as the judge, Nasir Javed Rana, held hearing at the Adiala jail.

All the cases involving the former PTI chairman are being heard at the jail premises – where he is imprisoned – because of the security threats, for which Bushra Bibi was shifted from her Bani Gala residence where she is serving her sentences in two cases – Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

Meanwhile, her husband has so far been convicted in three cases – cipher, Toshakhana and illegal/un-Islamic marriage.

During the proceedings, the two accused pleaded not guilty, as the judge adjourned proceedings till March 6 while also summoning five witnesses to record their statements on next hearing.

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However, the accountability court accepted two pleas filed by the PTI founder, requesting permission for an appointment with his dentist and general physician.

Previously, the indictment had been postponed on several occasions due to the absence of Mohammad Bashir – the accountability court judge who is set to retire on March 14 and has applied for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR).

However, the law ministry last week appointed District and Sessions Judge Rana as an Accountability Court No 1 Islamabad judge to replace Bashir who went on leave on deputation for a period of three years. 

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