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Barrister Gohar Denies Plans for Immediate Mass Protests

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Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Barrister Gohar revealed on Tuesday that the party has opted to engage in parliamentary proceedings rather than resorting to mass protests against alleged election rigging. In an interview with Munizae Jahangir on SpotLight, Gohar disclosed that he regularly meets with Imran Khan in jail on Tuesdays and Thursdays, emphasizing the party’s commitment to parliamentary involvement.

Although Imran Khan did not provide specific instructions on government formation during their recent meeting, Gohar stated that the topic has been discussed on other occasions. PTI, securing 180 seats in the National Assembly with uncontested Forms-45, believes it has the people’s mandate. Gohar clarified that this count excludes reserved seats, and he confirmed the allegiance of 82 out of 92 PTI-backed independents to the Sunni Ittehad Council.

Gohar underscored PTI’s majority in the assembly, asserting that the party’s mandate should be respected for government formation. He dismissed the need for a unity government, stating it is only necessary when a party lacks a clear mandate, which is not the case currently.

Regarding potential alliances, Gohar ruled out negotiations with MQM, PPP, and PMLN, accusing them of usurping PTI’s mandate. Talks with JUI-F focused solely on ensuring accurate election results.

Addressing speculation about a deal involving Imran Khan stepping away from politics, Gohar confirmed the offer of respite but denied any suggestion of leaving the country. He expressed concern about Bushra Begum’s health and clarified her lack of connection to the Toshakhana case.

Gohar addressed Aon Abbas Bappi’s Senate comments, highlighting ethical concerns about other parties attempting to lure PTI-backed independents. He expressed confidence that the independents would remain loyal to PTI.

While acknowledging injustices against PTI, Gohar emphasized the party’s decision to participate in parliament and collaborate with smaller parties against alleged rigging, clarifying that mass protests are not currently being considered.

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