ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Tuesday that that a permanent solution to the problem should be found.
Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, he said the IMF agreement was for nine months. “It is not a permanent solution, the question persists; what will happen after nine months,” Qureshi asked. He said: “We must learn from the past. Agreements were made in the past as well, which could not be completed.”
The PTI leader said that he was appearing before courts and wanted to proceed in a political, legal and peaceful way. The PTI vice chairman said that every political party makes a plan of action. The party chairman is also appearing before courts. We are facing cases in accordance with the law. Regarding desecration of Holy Quran, he said there is anxiety in the Islamic world over the Sweden incident. “There is no justification for hurting the feelings of more than a billion Muslims,” he continued.
Qureshi said that the Islamophobia was raised when the PTI was in the government. “We also raised our voice on the forum of United Nations, and March 15 was designated as International Day to Combat Islamophobia.” The PTI vice chief said only a resolution to condemn the desecration of the Holy Quran is not enough. “We have to consult the international law on the issue,” he stated. He said he favoured freedom of expression, but there should be limits and restrictions. The freedom of expression does not endanger someone’s life. “The whole nation must unite on the issue and express its indignation peacefully after Friday prayers. We are peaceful people. There should be an action plan,” he commented.
Qureshi’s bail in May 9 arson case extended till 15th: Islamabad district and sessions court on Tuesday extended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s bail in May 9 arson case till July 15.
The court proceedings took place on Tuesday before Additional Sessions Judge Syed Muhammad Haroon Shah, where Qureshi appeared to request an extension of his bail in relation to a case registered at Kahna Police Station in Lahore following the May 9 incident. However, due to the absence of his lawyer, Ali Bukhari, the arguments could not proceed as planned. Consequently, the court decided to extend Qureshi’s bail and adjourned the hearing of the case until July 15.
After the court proceedings, Shah Mehmood Qureshi addressed the media outside the court, raising concerns about Pakistan’s financial situation. He highlighted the temporary relief achieved by securing a standby loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a period of nine months, which has alleviated the immediate risk of default. However, Qureshi questioned what might occur in the coming months, suggesting uncertainty regarding the nation’s financial stability.