ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan claimed on Tuesday that the PTI was wrongly being accused of having been “launched by the army” and following its dictates.
He said this was nothing more than a cruel allegation to undermine the long and tedious political struggle he and his party had gone through. “I will rather prefer to die if I fail, as I have vowed either it will be liberty or death,” he told his party supporters. Addressing workers and charged youth from atop his container tucked in at the Constitution Avenue, Imran said the sitting (PML-N regime) set-up had entered into the power corridors through massive poll rigging in general elections, and added that the PTI believed that under the premiership of Nawaz Sharif justice would not prevail at all.
“The protest will continue till the resignation of the incumbent premier,” he vowed. Imran Khan said the “oppressors were united against the oppressed segments of society and for the exploitation of national wealth and resources”. He said “the future generations would not spare us if we compromised with sham democracy and the rotten system devised for the catering and pampering of personal vested interests of the parliamentarians sitting in the parliament,” Imran Khan said.
He said that at least 100 MNAs would be out of assemblies if a fair probe was conducted into the alleged electoral rigging. The PTI chief insisted that he would not leave even the sit-in venue even if he were left alone in the container. “I have decided that I will win independence or embrace martyrdom,” Imran declared. “The democracy practiced in Pakistan is just confined to a system serving the family limited companies, and the generations of our ruling class are the only beneficiaries of this system, but the poor segments of society are still suffering and deprived of basic facilities like education, health and justice,” the PTI chief said.
The PTI parliamentarians will go to the National Assembly today for a final showdown where they will respond to the charges and allegations levelled by the government before tendering their resignations, Imran announced. Imran said that being a democratic political party he has not closed the doors to talks. He said the party core committee has approved negotiations with Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq.
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