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Imran, Maryam exchange accusations over attack on judiciary

Khan urges people to be ready to take to the street if need be for the sake of rule of law, the Constitution, and democracy

By Web Desk
March 31, 2023
PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz (Left) and PTI Chairman Imran Khan. — AFP/PID/File
PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz (Left) and PTI Chairman Imran Khan. — AFP/PID/File

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in a case relating to the delay in the upcoming elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senior Vice-President Maryam Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan traded barbs and accused each other of attacking the judiciary on Twitter.

Earlier, a three-member bench of the apex court rejected the government’s request for the formation of a full court to hear PTI’s petition against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s verdict postponing elections to the Punjab Assembly till October 8.

Taking to Twitter, the deposed prime minister, who was ousted from office via a no-confidence motion in April last year, launched a fresh salvo against PML-N and said: “As PMLN did in 1997 by storming SC to attack CJ Sajjad Ali Shah hearing a contempt petition against Nawaz Sharif, today PMLN is again threatening SC & CJP because they are petrified of elections.”

He urged the people to be ready to take to the street if need be for the sake of rule of law, the Constitution, and democracy.

“We will be talking to all those political parties who are prepared to stand up against this conspiracy,” he added.

Khan also appealed to the lawyers' community to again take the lead as they did in the 2007 Lawyers Movement to protect “Pakistan's Constitution and the rule of law.”

Strongly reacting to his tweet, his rival, PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz asked who threw shoes on the “photos of judges” after Khan was given the title of “constitution breaker”. She also asked who parked trucks outside the courts.

“The marks that your facilitators have put on themselves will follow them and you,” she added.