Imran Khan cancels visit to China with 20-member delegation ahead of Panamagate verdict

MAMOSA Report — With the expectations in the air that Pakistan Supreme Court’s verdict on Panamagate case is likely to be announced soon, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has canceled his trip to China.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on February 23 after lawyers from both sides concluded their arguments which were held on daily basis.

A well-placed source in the PTI told Pakistan Today that Imran Khan had been cautioned by some influential people that the court is going to announce its judgment in the Panamagate case in the next few days which made the PTI chief cancel his trip to China.

The petitioners sought disqualification of the prime minister over investments made in offshore companies by members of his family.

According to the paper, the cancellation of the visit may hurt the confidence building measures (CBMs) between the PTI and the Communist Party of China (CPC) as Beijing sees PTI as a new potential partner. However, the cancellation of the scheduled visit is being seen by analysts as a blow to relations between both the parties as China is expanding its outreach towards all political parties in Pakistan.

“It would mean that there is no trip for Imran Khan to China in the next six months time as China would be hosting few very important conferences in the next few months,” the report said.

Khan’s visit was being planned for the past few months and the PTI and the CPC had been working hard to make the visit happen.

Khan had to leave China next week with a 20-member delegation where he was set to meet senior leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

“Initially, Shah Mahmood Qureshi had to lead a 10-member delegation to China where he was set to meet CPC members of the Parliament,” the source said and added that later Imran Khan had to accompany another 10-member delegation to join his comrades already present in China.

Khan had to meet senior Chinese leadership but all the scheduled meetings were cancelled when Khan was alarmed that the court verdict was being expected in the next few days.

Khan Thursday won another case against the ruling party as the Election Commission of Pakistan rejected two identical references forwarded to the commission by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq seeking disqualification of PTI chairman and his deputy Jahangir Khan Tareen.

According to documents available with Pakistan Today, Khan had been invited by the International Department of the Communist Party of China (ID CPC).

Other than Imran Khan, the CPC had invited Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Khan Tareen, Asad Umar, Dr Arif Alvi, Naeemul Haq, Abdul Aleem Khan, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, Sardar Yaar Mohammad Rind, Atif Khan, Dr Wasim Shehzad, Awn Chauhdry, Shafqat Mahmood, Dr Shireen Mazari, Senator Azam Khan Swati, Senator Shibli Fraz, Shehryar Khan Afridi, Ms Munazza Hassan, Imran Ismail, Ali Zaidi and Bayazeed Kasi.

 

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