Cabinet rejects proposal to ‘impose emergency’



The federal cabinet on Friday unanimously rejected a proposal to impose an emergency in the country to deal with the political turmoil, unrest and violent protests triggered by the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in the Al-Qadir Trust case on May 9.

Sources said that Defence Minister Khawaja Asif moved the proposal to impose the emergency but the cabinet members belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F and Balochistan National Party-Mengal opposed the idea.

The three key component parties of the ruling alliance were of the view that matters could not be resolved by imposing the emergency and it will further disrepute the country.
The cabinet members firmly opposed the internet blackout in most parts of the country, saying that it is doing more harm than good.