Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), announced that his party will present a petition to the Supreme Court regarding the delay in elections in Punjab. He emphasized that his only concern is whether the elections will be held within the 90-day constitutional provision. Before dissolving the provincial assemblies, Khan consulted with constitutional lawyers who confirmed that holding elections within 90 days is mandatory. Khan accused the incumbent government of selectively implementing constitutional provisions and being willing to compromise the constitution to protect their leaders. The judge hearing the case recused himself, dissolving the bench.
In a separate interview with UK newspaper The Independent, Imran Khan revealed that his right leg suffered lasting nerve damage due to an assassination attempt in Wazirabad in November 2022. He explained that two bullet wounds to his thigh have healed, while the third bullet shattered his shin bone and damaged a nerve, causing him to walk with difficulty and have reduced sensation in his right foot. Khan discussed the government’s actions, his party’s election campaign, and foreign policy, including his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Ukraine invasion in February 2022.
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He clarified that his ideology is different from former US President Donald Trump, but they are both outsiders in politics. On foreign policy, Khan asserted that Pakistan should remain neutral and prioritize the needs of its people.