Pakistan’s coalition government wants to ban Imran for life
The Muslim League-Nawaz-led coalition government in Pakistan wants to ban former prime minister Imran Khan from contesting elections for life. Along with this, the government wants that his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should also be banned. For this, the Government of Pakistan can now go to the Supreme Court.
Pakistan may hold general elections in the coming months and recently Hamza Sharif, the son of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, lost his post as the Chief Minister of Punjab following the Supreme Court ruling. According to a local newspaper, a meeting was held under the leadership of Shahbaz Sharif for legal advice on the issue. The meeting followed a decision by the Election Commission of Pakistan, which said that Imran Khan’s party had illegally received foreign funds from 34 foreign countries.
After the meeting, Pakistan’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said that action would be taken against PTI under the Political Party Order (PPO) 2002 and the Election Act 2017. The government will also file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on this issue. The Election Commission of Pakistan said in a written order that Imran Khan’s political party had illegally received several million dollars from the US, UAE, UK and Australia. The Election Commission has also issued a show cause notice to PTI.