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Pakistani opposition chief Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrested amid political turmoil

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Pakistani opposition party leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi has been detained by authorities, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesman Zulfi Bukhari said on Saturday.

Party spokesperson Zulfi Bukhari informed Reuters that the reason behind the detention of Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who served as Pakistan’s foreign minister twice, remains uncertain. The caretaker information minister has yet to comment on the situation.

Previously, Qureshi informed the reporters that the party of the former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, would contest any attempt to postpone the country’s election. The election is scheduled to take place within 90 days of the dissolution of parliament, which, in this instance, would be in early November.

Qureshi serves as the vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a political party led by former Prime Minister Khan, who is presently incarcerated. Khan has consistently refuted any allegations of misconduct.

Imran Khan, the chairman of the PTI party, is presently serving a three-year jail term due to graft convictions. He is also prohibited from participating in any elections for five years, although he maintains his innocence. Khan, who secured victory in the 2018 election, served as prime minister until a no-confidence motion removed him from office in 2022.

The election, scheduled initially within 90 days of last week’s parliamentary dissolution, is set for November. However, the date remains to be determined due to ongoing constitutional, political, and economic crises in the nation.

On Thursday, the election commission announced that it will finalize new constituencies by December 14. Following this, the commission will then confirm the election date.

Electoral experts have suggested that the electoral process might undergo a significant extension, leading to a delay of several months in the nationwide vote, with the possibility of the election date being pushed back as far as February.

“It will be unconstitutional if the 90 days deadline is breached,” Qureshi, who is leading the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, following Khan’s arrest, told the press conference.

He stated that the party was fully prepared to challenge any potential delays through legal channels, including pursuing the matter in the Supreme Court. With unwavering determination, the party is committed to upholding its stance and seeking a resolution through the appropriate judicial avenues.

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