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Imran Khan challenges article 245 enforcement in supreme court

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan has petitioned the Supreme Court to declare the implementation of Article 245 unconstitutional.

Former Prime Minister Imran is the petitioner in a constitutional petition filed by advocate Hamid Khan.

PTI leader has also asked the Supreme Court to form a panel to investigate the May 9 and 10 violent occurrences.

He has asked the court to rule that arrests of party members under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) act are unlawful.

Imran Khan has also questioned the move to charge PTI leaders and members under the Army Act.

“Imran Khan has always respected institutions and stood alongside them,” according to the petition. “On February 27, 2019, he backed the armed forces in the Pulwama issue.”

He sought the court to declare the forced separation of PTI leaders from the party unconstitutional, claiming that “this drama has been orchestrated by Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz.”

The federal government, Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto, and Maulana Fazlur Rehman have been named as respondents in the case by the PTI chairman.

Imran Khan has also appointed Mohsin Naqvi, Azam Khan, and others as caretaker chief ministers.

Following Imran Khan’s arrest in the Al-Qadir Trust graft reference, the Federal Interior Ministry approved army deployment in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and later in Balochistan to address the deteriorating law and order situation.

Following the arrest of PTI chairman, violent protests erupted across the country, prompting provincial governments to request the deployment of armed troops from the interior ministry. Under Article 245 of the Constitution, the federal government allowed the deployment of army forces to preserve law and order in support of civil authority.

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