PTI Disassociates from YouTubers Adil Raja and Haider Mehdi

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has formally distanced itself from the contentious activities of YouTubers Adil Raja and Haider Mehdi. In a recent video statement, PTI leader Asad Qaiser, accompanied by Sher Afzal Marwat and other party officials, declared that the party holds no ties with the aforementioned individuals.

Qaiser emphasized that the PTI possesses its own designated media representatives and that only statements released through these official channels warrant recognition. He condemned the duo’s defamatory campaigns against Marwat and highlighted similar past actions against prominent figures such as Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Parvez Elahi.

The PTI’s commitment to the supremacy of the constitution and law was reiterated, with Qaiser quoting the party’s founder’s belief in the unity of the country and the army. “We just want supremacy of the constitution and law,” he affirmed.

Background of the Controversy

The controversy surrounding Raja and Mehdi stems from their conviction on November 25, 2023, for inciting sedition under the Army Act and breaching the Official Secrets Act. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) disclosed that both retired army officers were sentenced through a Field General Court Martial (FGCM).

Major (retd) Adil Farooq Raja received a 14-year sentence of rigorous imprisonment, while Captain (retd) Haider Raza Mehdi was sentenced to 12 years. Following the sentence, their military ranks were forfeited on November 21, 2023. Currently, both individuals reside outside Pakistan.

PTI’s Future Direction

The PTI’s disassociation from Raja and Mehdi underscores the party’s dedication to lawful governance and constitutional authority. This move comes at a time when the PTI is gearing up to launch a movement to reclaim what it terms a ‘stolen mandate.’

As the political landscape of Pakistan continues to evolve, the PTI’s stance serves as a reminder of the party’s adherence to legal frameworks and its disapproval of any actions that undermine the state’s stability and security.

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