Alvi urges political dialogue as country ‘narrowly escapes catastrophe’ News Desk – March 18, 2023 President Dr Arif Alvi has raised alarm over the rising political temperature in the country, urging all political leaders to get together and steer the country out of the “misery”. In a brief statement issued on his official Twitter handle on Saturday, President Alvi said another day “in life of Pakistan has passed without catastrophe”.

Without divulging details, the president described the situation as a “narrow escape”, saying any major accident could have happened today. “Let all politicians, get together and get my country out of misery,” he added.

Though the president did not name any political leader or refer to any particular situation, his statement came after a tense day which saw surprise search operation by Punjab police at the PTI chief’s Zaman Park residence and intense clashes between PTI workers and police personnel outside the Islamabad judicial complex.

Additional Sessions Judge Zafar Iqbal on Saturday cancelled the arrest warrants issued against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case. The decision was made after the former prime minister marked his attendance outside the Islamabad Judicial Complex, where he was supposed to be indicted in the case.

Intense clashes broke out between the two sides as Imran’s convoy reached the judicial complex ahead of the party chairman’s appearance before a district and sessions court in the Toshakhana (gift depository) case.

The PTI chairman’s vehicle was stopped merely 100 metres from the gate of the judicial complex as the police blamed party workers for blocking the route while the PTI claimed the law enforcers were restricting Imran’s movement.

Despite the end of court hours, Imran Khan could not appear in front of the judge.

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