Pakistani govt mulling options to ban PTI, confirms Defence Minister,7000 workers rearrested.

To conceal its failures in winning the laurels of masses, bringing down prices of daily use items, stability, prosperity Present PDM coalition Government has decided to get rid of PTI by imposing ban on it and arresting its well-wishers in large scale. The government is considering banning former prime minister Imran Khan's political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Wednesday.

The move comes amid political instability in the nuclear-armed nation caused by Imran's arrest on May 9 on corruption charges, before he was released on bail on court orders.

The embattled PTI chairperson, who says corruption charges have been concocted, is embroiled in a confrontation with the present government and state institutions.

"It is under consideration to ban PTI," Asif told reporters. "The PTI has attacked the very basis of the state, that never happened before. It can't be tolerated".

Senator Barrister Ali Zafar has said that even if a ban is placed on the PTI, it is likely to be declared “null and void within a day” by the Supreme Court (SC) as a political party cannot be banned.

Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court, Zafar referred to the ban on the Jamaat-i-Islami in the 1960s that was set aside by then-chief justice of Pakistan Alvin Robert Cornelius.

“Efforts were made to put a ban on Jamaat-i-Islami long ago. […] The SC had said that you cannot ban a political party and it is everyone’s right to form a political party,” Zafar said.

“As far as vandalism is concerned, that is an individual act […] but a political party cannot be banned,” he asserted. “If such a step is taken, then I believe that this same court will declare it null and void within a day.”

Imran's arrest sparked deadly protests across the country, with army establishments being attacked and state buildings set ablaze.

Rioters now face trials in military courts, while PTI leaders face repeated arrests and raids at their residences.

Moreover, in a confusing political situation marked by arrests, releases, and rearrests, the PTI leaders are seemingly caught in a revolving door as they continue to quit the party and politics, leaving people and pundits constantly perplexed.

It seems their spirits are being broken by a relentless cycle of arrests and rearrests from prison gates. It took five rearrests for senior PTI leader Dr Shireen Mazari to abandon her resilient spirit and leave the political stage on Tuesday evening.

The other significant departure from the PTI was former Punjab information minister Fayyazul Hasan Chohan, who announced his resignation from the party in an explosive news conference on the same day

"Our party has been facing a crackdown really for one year," said Imran, in an earlier interview with AFP.

"I was removed from power through this conspiracy by the ex-army chief."

The former premier said the violence following was a "conspiracy" staged to justify the repression of his party.

More than 7,000 people were detained as the unrest broke out and at least 19 senior PTI officials were arrested, some in overnight raids on their homes, accused of instigating violence.

"This terrorism and mobbing was all pre-planned and this was done by Imran," Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had rebutted.following the May 9 attacks.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad, the PML-N stalwart said the coalition government was considering all options to outlaw Imran Khan’s party, claiming that his heinous gambit of attacking military installations would never be repeated.

Asif, known for his fiery personality, linked the PTI’s protests to New Delhi’s plan. He stated that archrival India was pleased as Imran Khan and his supporters quenched their long-standing thirst by attacking national hero monuments and vandalizing state assets.

The senior minister also clarified that the attacks on sensitive installations were not spontaneous but planned, as he accused ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan and his close associates of doing.

Earlier, Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah confirmed that the ruling alliance’s legal team was reviewing the situation in light of several revelations that could result in a reference being filed against the PTI.

As the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) prepares to outlaw Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) oppose the proposal.

Human rights activists also opposed the move, claiming that dissolving the country’s ruling party would only deepen the South Asian nation’s political crisis.

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