Experts condemn PTI’s Dhaka Fall remarks, urge internal reforms

Authorities have collectively denounced the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for its recent declaration regarding the incidents of 1971, cautioning against eroding state entities. They underscored that 1971 is a “red line” that must remain inviolable under any conditions.
During the talk show “Experts” on Express News, Naveed Hussain, Chief Editor of The Express Tribune, berated the ongoing attempts to marginalize PTI for the previous two and a half years but claimed that this does not excuse PTI’s contentious statements.
He remarked that while other political factions like PML-N and PPP have undergone analogous treatment, PTI’s actions have overstepped the bounds of what is acceptable.
Hussain urged PTI to initiate internal cleansing, proposing that any members conflicting with party doctrine should be promptly expelled. He pointed out the necessity of upholding the sanctity of state institutions and cautioned political rivals against unwarranted denunciation of PTI.

He stressed the imperative for political entities to halt the propagation of enmity and division. He thinks that further ostracizing sidelined political personalities could spark disorder and extended political strife, potentially steering the nation towards an impasse.
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Ayaz Khan, Group Editor of Daily Express, mentioned that while PTI’s exasperation is understandable, their statement related to 1971 is intolerable, comparing it to “kicking a bomb.”

He rebuffed claims made by PPP’s Sharjeel Inam Memon that Imran Khan is directing from prison but argued that such statements wouldn’t be made without Khan’s awareness.
Khan expressed worry about the escalating political frictions, hinting that further ostracizing sidelined figures could incite chaos. He urged political heads to act sagaciously to prevent steering the nation towards an impasse.
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He accentuated PML-N President Nawaz Sharif’s cautious demeanor, explicitly shown in his recent speech upon reclaiming the party presidency after six years. Khan advised politicians that an opportunity still exists to navigate current issues with prudence.

Amir Ilyas Rana, Bureau Chief in Islamabad for Express News, stressed the inconsistency between statements made by PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Ali Khan and party spokesperson Raoof Hasan.
Rana cited Hasan’s remarks in which he likened former army chief General Agha Yahya to the present army chief, claiming that PTI is aiming at the army chief and seeks to provoke the army.
He also alluded to Nawaz Sharif’s address in Gujranwala during Imran Khan’s administration, noting that following this speech, then prime minister Imran Khan branded Nawaz Sharif a traitor.

Rana declared that content from Imran Khan’s X (previously Twitter) account is being dispersed and used by PTI media for trolling without removal. He mentioned speculations that the account is managed from outside Pakistan, though Imran Khan owns it.
Rana asserted that PTI’s official media wing, directed by Barrister Gohar and Raoof Hasan, bears accountability. He questioned their capability to provide justifications while concurrently partaking in similar actions.
He also suggested Imran Khan comprehend that the military is not directly engaging with him and recommended mobilizing the parliamentary team if there’s any political gain to be obtained.

Faisal Husain, the Karachi Bureau Chief for Express News, contrasted with Rana, rejecting the idea that PTI has encountered the most discrimination in the nation. He firmly asserts that no other party has endured as much mistreatment as Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L).
He asserts that PTI continues to enjoy political liberty and is experiencing alleviation. Faisal observed that news concerning PTI dominates from 8am to 12pm, with court rulings consistently favoring PTI and the party openly lobbying across all institutions.
He highlighted that despite these factors, asserting that PTI has suffered the utmost mistreatment is akin to denying evident facts.
Express News Bureau Chief in Lahore, Mohammad Ilyas, believes that PTI’s pattern is to issue statements, observe reactions, and then retract if met with severe opposition. Referring to PTI’s social media posts, Ilyas noted that when objections arise, they disclaim the statements, asserting they aren’t official.
He advised PTI leaders to reconcile their disputes. Concerning PTI’s founder, Ilyas noted that while the party’s workers and leaders were in conflict, Imran Khan initially abstained from interference but eventually made autonomous decisions.
He believes that the conduct of PTI’s founder remains consistent with the past. Ilyas emphasized the necessity for caution in language regarding the nation’s sensitive issues, noting that adversary countries take delight in such statements from PTI.

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