Pakistan writes to The Economist over article by former PM Imran Khan – JURIST

The Pakistani Authorities raised issues in a letter to The Economist on Friday relating to an article purportedly written by former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who’s presently in jail after a conviction in a corruption case. Khan questions the equity of the upcoming basic election within the piece.

Murtaza Solangi, Pakistan’s Federal Caretaker Minister for Info, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, said whereas asserting the letter, “It’s puzzling and disconcerting that such an esteemed media outlet revealed an article within the title of a person who’s in jail and has been convicted.” He asserted that the federal government is searching for info on The Economist’s editorial decision-making course of, together with issues relating to the legitimacy and credibility of the content material. The federal government additionally inquired whether or not The Economist has beforehand revealed ghost articles by jailed politicians from any a part of the world. Solangi added, “If jailed convicts had been free to put in writing to the media, they might at all times use the chance to air their one-sided grievances.”

Imran Khan within the article raised issues in regards to the legitimacy of the caretaker governments presently in energy on the federal and provincial ranges in Pakistan, stating that they’re unlawful as a result of authorities’s failure to carry elections inside 90 days of parliamentary assemblies being dissolved. Khan expressed scepticism in regards to the promised nationwide elections on February 8, significantly given the denial of elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regardless of a Supreme Courtroom order and accused the nation’s election fee of biased actions, together with rejecting his get together’s nominations and hindering inner elections. He additionally alleged interference from the army institution in orchestrating his removing from workplace, pointing to stress from the US as a catalyst. Imprisoned on costs together with treason, Khan asserts that the upcoming elections, if held, can be a farce, as his get together is denied the proper to marketing campaign freely.

Regardless of public protests and his get together’s recognition, Khan faces authorized challenges, assassination makes an attempt, and harassment of get together members.

Khan was disqualified for 5 years by the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) within the Toshakhana reference case. Filed in August 2022, the case delt with accusations in opposition to Khan of failing to details about presents. The ECP’s verdict on October 21, 2022, cited dishonest behaviour, resulting in prison proceedings. Khan challenged the choice, asserting authorized reward acquisition and public use. His subsequent conviction on August 5, 2023, resulted in imprisonment.

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