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Imran Khan Replaced as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party Head

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has stepped down as leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party he formed.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, presently detained and facing various charges, has been replaced as the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party he founded. 

Party officials confirmed that Gohar Khan, a barrister unrelated to Imran Khan, has assumed the role of party chairman.

Background: PTI’s Journey and Khan’s Stint:

Imran Khan initiated PTI in 1996, witnessing initial setbacks, but later emerged as a significant political force, leading PTI to become the largest group in the National Assembly after the 2018 elections, subsequently becoming the Prime Minister. 

However, Khan was removed through a vote of no confidence orchestrated by established parties, leading to his incarceration while facing multiple allegations.

Recent Developments: PTI’s Leadership Changes and Legal Challenges:

The Election Commission of Pakistan’s warning prompted PTI to conduct an internal ballot for party officers. 

However, due to Khan’s imprisonment, he was ineligible to participate in the party’s poll, leading to the appointment of Gohar Khan as the interim chairman. 

PTI faces challenges with key figures imprisoned or leaving the party amid an ongoing crackdown.

Political Landscape and Legal Battles:

Political figures in Pakistan frequently face legal proceedings, often perceived as influenced by the military, which retains significant power in the country’s governance. 

Despite the leadership change within PTI, analysts believe Imran Khan’s influence remains strong among PTI supporters, potentially impacting future elections.

Legal Proceedings and Current Political Dynamics:

The adjournment of Khan’s graft case hearing, accompanied by media restrictions in the courtroom, sparked objections from his legal team. 

Meanwhile, the recent court ruling in favor of Nawaz Sharif, an ex-Prime Minister, has amplified political tension. 

Sharif, on bail appealing corruption convictions, aims to clear his name ahead of the upcoming elections. At the same time, his brother, Shehbaz Sharif, holds political sway in the coalition that ousted Imran Khan.

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