Imran Khan takes ‘u-turn’ on former chief justice after intra-party opposition

Iftikhar Imran

ISLAMABAD – The major rift in the ideas of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan at D-Chowk’s rally speech was rooted in intra-party opposition from senior legal experts including one time presidential candidate Justice (rtd) Wajihuddin Ahmad.

According to the party sources, Advocate Hamid Khan, Justice (rtd) Wajihuddin Ahmad, Ahmad Awais and Latif Yousafzai were among the antagonists of Khan’s idea that former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was part of alleged rigging plan in May 2013 general elections.

Party sources, while talking to stalwart news media outlet, ET, confirmed that party’s legal expert and senior members have made it clear to Khan that former CJP had done nothing wrong. Khan was advised not to lash him. Taking the advise of party leader, Khan never spoken a word against the former CJP during D-Chowk rally’s speech.

“I think former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has done nothing wrong to PTI as he has given relief  to our party in so many cases in the past”, stated a senior PTI lawyer, adding that he disagreed with his leader’s stance on this matter.

Giving details about the cases, he said that when the PTI chief had approached the top court against the unverified voters’ lists, the then chief justice had admitted his petition and started the process regarding the preparation of new voters’ lists.

The senior lawyer further stated that Chaudhry while accepting PTI’s plea had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to verify voters’ lists in Karachi with the help of the army and the Frontier Corps.

The former chief justice had also stressed the commission to devise a mechanism so that overseas Pakistanis could exercise their ‘right of vote’ before the next general elections, he added.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Ahsan, an active lawyer and senior member of pro Iftikhar lawyers group, also said that since Hamid Khan is the group’s leader, they have conveyed their reservations to him regarding Imran’s viewpoint regarding the former chief justice.

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