Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, asserted that the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) administration had approached the former ruling party for discussions days after a meeting between PML-N leader Ishaq Dar and President Arif Alvi.
In an interview with the media on Sunday at his Zaman Park home, the former prime minister made these comments while discussing his long march plan and other topics, such as the selection of the new army chief and Pakistan’s economic predicament.
Khan claimed that the PDM government communicated with him and the PTI through President Alvi, but the former prime minister’s long-standing insistence that he wait until the announcement of new elections before sitting down with the government.
After the general election date is announced, “I would be open to talks on all subjects,” he continued. He claimed that because of its declining public support, the government was hesitant to participate in elections. He pledged, “With the help of the people, I would overthrow the corrupt rulers’ government because they are driven to demand their rights and justice.”
When reached, Azma Bukhari, the PML-N Punjab information secretary, refuted the PTI chairman’s assertion regarding the offer of talks.
She responded to the PTI leader’s comments by joking, “Imran Khan attempts to grip our collar in the day but keeps pleading for an honourable way out in the dark of the night.”
Under the condition of anonymity, a different PML-N leader said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had called President Alvi “just to check his reaction on the suggested summary being forwarded for the appointment of the new army chief.”
The long marchers will congregate in Rawalpindi on November 26. Mr. Khan, who is recovering in Lahore after being hurt in a gun attack near Wazirabad earlier this month, said he was ready to provide a “surprise to everyone” on that day. In relation to the “surprise,” he continued, “the party’s plan to take the long march to Rawalpindi instead of Islamabad will also be revealed soon.” Mr. Khan proclaimed that he would be in Pindi (even if he wasn’t fully recovered) to welcome the marchers and lay out the march’s next plan of attack.
The PTI chairman asserted that he was aware of the PDM government’s preparations and that he had “counter-plans” to astound the latter and its purported enablers. The current administration, he continued, was “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.”
If the government called new elections, it would suffer “humiliating defeat,” and if it chose not to, it would plunge the nation “into insolvency.”
He reaffirmed his position that holding early, free, and fair elections was the best way to get the nation out of its economic and political binds.
The former prime minister suggested that the senior-most general be chosen to serve as the next chief of army staff (COAS). The PTI chairman declared that he had no issue with the government’s decision to select the new COAS.
In their conversation, Imran Khan also brought up the Toshakhana scandal. He said, “Despite using all available state resources, the PDM government could not discover anything other than the Toshakhana gift watch. He predicted that the hype around the gift-watch will soon be exposed in court.
To finalise plans for the next stage of the long march, the PTI chairman has convened a meeting of the party’s central leadership, which will take place in a day or two. Top party officials will advise the attendees of the conference on the caravan route and progress of the lengthy march to the garrison city.
The PTI leader affirmed that he would still arrive in Rawalpindi on November 26 and lead the long march to achieve “Haqeeqi Azadi” for the people of Pakistan who are currently trapped in a dead end. Despite realising that he was under threat of death and could be attacked again.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah remarked on a private news channel’s talk show that “Imran Khan is experiencing threats to his life from the enemy countries’ agents” because Mr. Khan had also told international media that he was still receiving life threats.
On the other hand, the PTI head, according to the interior minister, had made accusations against the government and security services for the attempted murder of him. He stated that “the anti-Pakistan forces can profit from the current circumstances.”
In the meantime, Imran Khan made it clear that the establishment had no part in overthrowing the government or the attempt on his life, according to PTI coalition partner Chief Minister Parvez Elahi.
Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, a spokesperson for the Punjab government who attended Mr. Khan’s discussion with media members, claims that the PTI will send as many of its members as possible to the lengthy march in Rawalpindi. She declared that the PTI would use every legal means at its disposal to obtain justice in the incidents involving the alleged torture of Senator Azam Swati in detention and the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif.
Imran Khan wishes Qatar for the football world cup
Tweeting on his official Twitter handle, Former PM Imran Khan also wished Qatar for holding football world cup. “Wishing Qatar the best for successfully holding the football World Cup, which begins today. It is for the first time that a Muslim country is hosting this biggest sporting event in the world. Good luck to all the participating teams,” his tweet read.