ISLAMABAD - Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan on Friday warned that PTI would again come on roads as a protest if the government makes further delay in the formation of commission to investigate rigging in last general elections and this time focus of the protest movement will be Lahore.

He said this while addressing his party’s MPAs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and newly-elected senators. The focus of PTI’s last protest movement was the federal capital that lasted for more than four months.

Khan had arranged a luncheon in the honour of party’ senators and MPAs at his residence in Bani Gala. He said that he would take his protest movement to its logical end in Lahore and would not give more time to the rulers if commission was not constituted.

Khan appreciated his party MPs for rejecting offers of big money in Senate election and voting in favour of party’ candidates, saying this was the forecast of ‘New Pakistan.’ The PTI has won all its six Senate seats from KP. “The lawmakers of KP proved with their action that they are not on sale,” he said and congratulated all these people who rejected horse-trading in Senate elections.

Khan said that the young generation was waiting for change and the nation had pinned high hopes on PTI. He stressed that PTI was the only party that could steer the country out of the present crises, end the deprivation of masses, and could lead the nation towards progress and prosperity. He said that people wanted to see ‘New Pakistan.’ Khan also advised newly-elected senators to raise their voice in the Upper House of the Parliament for the rights of people.



Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Friday showed its concerns over the issuance of death warrants of juvenile convict Shafqat Hussain after the government lifted moratorium on all capital punishments.

PTI Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari in a statement said that the black warrants issued for Shafqat Hussain signaling his hanging is a cause of desirous concern. He was a juvenile (14 yrs) when the crime was committed and then he was handed down a death sentence. This goes against the laws of the Land. He said that section 12 of the Juvenile justice Ordinance (JJO) 2000 prohibits the death penalty for juveniles. Shafqat was sentenced to death in September 2004 whereas Justice Asif Khosa struck down the JJO in December 2004. “So how was he given this sentence with the JJO still in place,” Dr Mazari questioned.

Mazari highlighted that subsequently the Supreme Court suspended Asif Khosa’s judgment and the case is still pending. So legally Shafqat could not be sentenced to death. Mazari also pointed out that even otherwise, courts use age as a mitigating factor to reduce sentence from death to life. She said Ch Nisar had given a commitment to look into Shafqat’s case but apparently nothing was done.

The Central Information Secretary PTI said it was inexplicable how terror target killers are removed from the ambit of terrorist courts while a man who was clearly wrongly sentenced to death as a juvenile in the face of the JJO may now be hanged. Removal of the moratorium on all capital punishment cases is itself a debatable issue Mazari stated, but it should not be used to commit grave injustice against the poor, the weak and those sentenced as juveniles.