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9th May: Imran Khan And PTI’s Assault On Country’s Stability

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The 9th of May last year will be remembered as a day when Imran Khan and his party, PTI, significantly compromised Pakistan’s stability. This day marked a blatant assault orchestrated by Khan and his supporters, directly challenging the fabric of the nation’s governance and public safety.

The day began with the arrest of Imran Khan outside the judicial complex in Islamabad, based on substantial embezzlement charges linked to the Al-Qadir Trust. What followed was not a legal protest but a calculated uproar aimed at disrupting national stability. PTI’s reaction was swift and violent, far exceeding the bounds of lawful protest. The scenes of chaos across Pakistan were not spontaneous expressions of dissent but appeared as premeditated actions encouraged by PTI’s top leadership.

Under Khan’s implicit directive, PTI supporters launched devastating attacks on critical military and government installations. These included assaults on GHQ Rawalpindi and the Corps Commander’s House in Lahore, endangering national security at a level never before seen in political protests. The attacks led to several fatalities and injuries, laying bare the destructive agenda pushed by Khan and his party.

Concurrently, PTI employed a massive disinformation campaign. This campaign, spread through social media, was designed to incite rebellion within the armed forces and among the public. The content maliciously targeted state institutions and figures such as COAS General Asim Munir, aiming to undermine the military’s cohesion and the government’s credibility.

This catastrophic day highlighted Imran Khan’s disregard for the law and democratic principles he once claimed to champion. His leadership, marked increasingly by authoritarian tendencies, prompted actions that bordered on sedition. The pretext of protesting an alleged unjust arrest was used to justify an unforgivable onslaught against Pakistan’s state apparatus.

The aftermath of 9th May necessitates a rigorous reassessment of Khan’s role and PTI’s conduct in political discourse and their capability to govern without resorting to violence. The state must ensure that those responsible for orchestrating and executing these acts face the full force of the law. Pakistan’s journey towards democracy and rule of law cannot be derailed by those who prioritize personal power over national interest.

As the country moves forward, it is crucial to remember the lessons of 9th May and to reinforce the mechanisms that protect democratic values and national stability. Strengthening the legal framework to penalize such disruptions will deter future attempts at undermining the state. Only through decisive action and firm leadership can Pakistan hope to prevent a recurrence of such dark days.

 

Hassan Naqvi
Hassan Naqvi
Hassan Naqvi is an award-winning digital, print, and broadcast investigative journalist who is the co-founder of The Scoop. He also hosts his web shows 'The Scoop' and 'The Hassan Naqvi Show'.

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