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PTI Scrambles Over Controversial Imran Khan Tweet

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Following the posting of a controversial video on the official X handle of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan, party leaders appeared divided over its endorsement or rejection. The video, concerning the Fall of Dhaka incident, sparked confusion among PTI leaders about their stance on the issue.

Ali Muhammad Khan, a PTI lawmaker, commented on the contentious X (formerly Twitter) post, stating on Friday that Imran Khan was unaware of the video and has now decided to personally approve all future social media content.

This statement aimed to distance the imprisoned former prime minister from the controversial post, which drew severe criticism from various quarters, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

During a press conference in Islamabad, Ali Muhammad Khan clarified that Imran Khan’s views should be interpreted in a political context.

He emphasized that the former ruling party had no intention of revisiting the 1971 incident or its underlying causes, as it was not an appropriate time to recall them.

Instead, the PTI was focused on avoiding the mistakes of the past, specifically from 1971 to 2018. The lawmaker reiterated the party’s opposition to the establishment’s interference in political affairs.

When questioned about who was managing the deposed prime minister’s social media account, Ali did not specify any names but mentioned that future posts on Imran Khan’s account would require his direct approval.

This statement highlighted the internal confusion within the party, as some leaders defended the controversial X post.

Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, the PTI’s incumbent chairman, asserted that the video was shared on Imran Khan’s X account due to the current political scenario.

Meanwhile, PTI Central Information Secretary Raoof Hasan initially called for an investigation into the post but later retracted his statement, claiming he had not seen the video.

Another PTI leader, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Zain Qureshi, stated on a private channel that Imran Khan’s social media account was managed by the party and not by any external individuals. He confirmed that all posts on Imran Khan’s X account were approved by him and reflected the party’s policy.

Facing significant criticism, the PTI core committee issued a statement rejecting the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) probe into Imran Khan’s social media post. The committee argued that registering a new case against the PTI founder based on a social media post was unwarranted.

The controversial X post attributed to Imran Khan read: “Every Pakistani should study the Hamood ur Rahman Commission Report and get to know who was the true traitor, General Yahya Khan or Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”

This post led the FIA’s cybercrime wing to initiate action against Imran Khan. The agency’s team arrived at Adiala Jail late Thursday night to question him, but the former premier refused to meet the anti-cybercrime team or participate in the probe related to the controversial post.

This incident has revealed internal disagreements within PTI and raised questions about the management and approval of social media content linked to the party’s founder, Imran Khan.

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