Imran Khan vows to bring down PML-N govt if barred from May 11 protest

Imran Khan

LAHORE – The chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vowed to bring down the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government if not allowed to protest at D-Chowk in Islamabad on May 11.

Khan was holding a press conference in Lahore after his party workers ‘dishonored’ the sanctity of Lahore High Court (LHC) during a case hearing he came to attend.

Imran Khan categorically stated “I am telling you that if barred to hold protest in Islamabad on May 11 then we will start such a movement in whole country that government would not be able to handle it. The only party capable to demonstrate street power in every city of the country is PTI.”

“We will give pin point agenda on May 11 to bring the reforms in system and also the deadline to implement those reforms. Now we cannot give open ends to government anymore,” he added.

Khan also said that he felt sorry for using harsh words against the former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry but he failed to provide justice amid huge election rigging.

He also commented over the alleged blackmailing by the Jang and Geo group. “I want to tell Mir Shakeelur Rehman that I would not give up and I will come to Dubai if I have to.”

Replying to one question, Khan mentioned that Jamat-e-Islami (JI) was on board with us over May 11 rigging, however, they had already planned a demonstration in Lahore. It reflected that JI’s workers will not join him on route to D-Chowk on May 11.

Furthermore, the PTI chief also showed reservation over any official nexus between Dr Tahirul Qadri’s PAT and his party. “They are demonstrating in a separate city separately,” he mentioned and went forth.

“There is no use of contesting election in Pakistan without a transparent electoral process. Election Tribunals have failed to provide justice,” he added.

However, the staunch critique of Khan’s politics, Maulana Fzlur Rehman was smelling a ‘hidden agenda’ in May 11 demonstration. Earlier today, Fazl termed that nexus between Dr Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan was not only to bring electoral reforms.

It is pertinent to mention here that on April 1, the PTI Punjab president Ejaz Chaudhry announced that if votes verification result, after spending 1.8 million rupees on the process, in NA-118 would not turn in the favor of PTI then they would take on the streets.

Other issues

Imran Khan, when asked, said that soon his party core committee would be holding a briefing by Rustam Shah Mohmand (member of government committee to hold peace dialogues with outlawed Taliban) over peace negotiations. “After that briefing we (PTI) will decide where the dialogue process was heading,” he added.

Replying to a question about former President General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf, Imran Khan said “It was always our stance that these cases should be dealt on merit.”

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.


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