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Watching PTV is my biggest punishment in Adiala Jail: Imran Khan tells media

Following regulations, inmates are permitted to watch the state-run PTV as they are denied access to private news channels.

The political landscape in Pakistan is currently tumultuous, with the PPP and PML-N seemingly agreeing on key government positions, prompting a cautionary statement from the PTI against what they perceive as forming a government based on “stolen votes.”

Despite the gravity of the discussion, Khan injected a moment of levity by remarking, “Watching PTV in jail is the worst punishment for me.”

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Following regulations, inmates are permitted to watch the state-run PTV as they are denied access to private news channels.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari announced his party’s support for the PML-N’s candidate for prime minister, stating that the PPP lacks the mandate to lead the federal government. In response, Imran Khan, communicating from Adiala Jail, warned against legitimizing a government formed through what he termed as electoral fraud.

Highlighting the PTI’s substantial electoral success, Khan emphasized the party’s commitment to upholding the people’s will and pledged not to engage with any entity deemed to have obtained power through illegitimate means, including the PPP, PML-N, and MQM-P.

Expressing gratitude for the overwhelming support received from the electorate, Khan stressed the importance of democratic principles and fairness in Pakistan’s electoral process. He also acknowledged the pivotal role played by PTI’s social media team and praised the dedication of polling agents who ensured transparency despite challenges.

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Regarding the unfolding political drama, PTI criticized the PPP and PML-N’s collaboration, labeling it as a deceptive maneuver. Meanwhile, the party announced intentions to form alliances with Majlis-e-Wahdat-Muslimeen (MWM) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in different regions.

In response to PTI’s maneuvering, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif asserted that PTI-sponsored candidates must demonstrate majority support in the National Assembly to form a government, stating that the PML-N is prepared to either accept or oppose a PTI-led administration based on constitutional procedures.

Amidst these developments, Imran Khan nominated Ali Amin Gandapur as the PTI’s candidate for Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, signaling the party’s intentions in the province where it holds a significant position to govern.