Pakistan Faces Undeclared Martial Law
Amid growing concerns over press censorship and the restriction of rights in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Kahn has accused the country’s army of imposing “undeclared martial law.” The military has consistently denied accusations of interfering in politics in the past, but Khan’s comments came after weeks of conflict between the government and the army over an investigation into senior military officers accused of corruption. The situation is further complicated by ongoing protests from opposition groups calling for Khan to resign over his handling of the economy.
Petition Filed in Supreme Court
In response to the escalating situation, a group of concerned citizens has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, calling for an end to what they describe as the military’s “stranglehold” on the country. The petition accuses the army of overstepping its bounds by interfering in the day-to-day running of the government and limiting freedom of speech and the press. It also calls for an independent inquiry into all financial dealings between the military and government officials.
Growing concerns Over Press Censorship
The petition comes as Pakistan’s press freedom rankings have fallen to an all-time low, with journalists facing increasing levels of government censorship and intimidation. Earlier this year, the country’s largest media group was taken off the air after a dispute with the government over coverage of the economy. In an attempt to exert more control over the press, many independent media outlets have had their licenses revoked or threatened with closure.
Opposition Groups Call for Khan’s Resignation
Opposition groups have seized on the situation, calling for Khan’s resignation and accusing him of failing to address the country’s economic problems. Over the past year, Pakistan’s currency has lost more than 30% of its value, while inflation has soared. Adding to the economic challenges, the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the country hard, with hospitals overwhelmed and the death toll rising rapidly.
Army Denies Claims of Interference
Despite the mounting pressure on his government, Khan has so far resisted calls to resign, instead doubling down on his assertions that the army is attempting to undermine him. The military, for its part, has denied claims of interference and maintains that it is committed to supporting the elected government in its efforts to improve the country. However, the increasing tension between the two sides has raised fears of a possible military coup.
As the situation in Pakistan continues to escalate, it remains to be seen how the Supreme Court will respond to the petition calling for an end to military interference in the government. With the country facing multiple crises and opposition groups mobilizing against the government, the situation could develop into a full-blown political crisis in the coming weeks and months. The outcome could have significant implications for Pakistan’s stability and regional security in the wider South Asian region.
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