PTI to move IHC against Khan’s telethon ‘blackout’

Khan’s telethon

Challenge the Government’s Action

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said on Monday that it would challenge the government’s action before the Islamabad High Court for allegedly halting the transmission of the telethon that the party had organised on Sunday night for collecting donations from foreign Pakistanis. 

In accordance with the decision of the Pakistani Election Commission, the party also decided to sue the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for notifying party leaders in connection with investigations into a case involving foreign money (ECP).  

Following a meeting of the PTI’s political committee that was presided over by the former premier Imran Khan, senior vice-president of the party Fawad Chaudhry made the announcements. 

Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister

Mr. Fawad attacked PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz and JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during the press conference, which also featured Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister Senator Sania Nishtar, accusing them of attempting to “physically eliminate” Mr. Khan after his political ouster failed. 

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He claimed that the PML-strategic N’s cell and Ms. Nawaz’s media cell were continually pursuing the PTI chairman. 

According to Mr. Chaudhry, PTI was the only party to organise two telethons that generated commitments for a combined Rs. 11 billion in donations for flood victims. He said that the telethons, which were organised to aid flood sufferers, had no political motivation. However, he claimed that the telethon’s four TV channels were shut down by the government and other organisations. 

Sue the Government

He criticised the government’s assertion that it was not responsible for the transmission’s suspension and urged the authorities to reveal who was responsible for the media blackout. Otherwise, he warned, the PTI would sue the government and demand that it reveal the names of individuals who had called for the termination of the TV networks. 

Mr. Khan called the telethon’s blackout “shameful,” per a press statement from the PTI central media department. He added that the party would bring up media censorship at all levels and that it could not be accepted in Pakistan for the media to be silenced in such a disgraceful manner.

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