ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan on Thursday reiterated his demand for the mid-term elections, vowed to move ahead with his planned ‘million march towards the capital if his party’s demand for the early polls is not accepted by the government.
“We want Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government dissolved, a caretaker setup installed, and midterm polls announced. Nothing short of these things would be able to budge us,” Khan said in an exclusive talk to a private TV channel. Khan expressed his determination that after reaching the capital, their protest would continue till the acceptance of his demands. Commenting on the deployment of the Pakistan Army in the capital and a possible use of brute force to keep PTI’s marchers out of the city, he said that in case of any Model Town like violence, he would like to take a bullet in his chest before anyone else.
He lamented that the rulers are in a state of confusion and have decided to use the armed force as a shield to protect their unlawful rule. The PTI chief also warned the US and Saudi Arabia against meddling in the affairs of Pakistan. “I am asking both Washington and Riyadh to leave Pakistan’s politics alone as it is none of their business,” Khan said. To a question, he said that Punjab Chief minister Shahbaz Sharif was sending fence-mending messages through a number of channels, but it was too late for a “deal”. “We are far beyond the political point-of-no-return, thus an understanding with PML-N was out of question now,” Khan stressed.
He alleged that the rulers have changed the democracy into monarchy, and turned their sons into princes. He further alleged that the 33-year old son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accumulated a hefty wealth of Rs 200 billion.
He blamed that the rulers were allegedly involved in money laundering, corruption and tax evasion. The PTI chairman said that they had been seeking justice from the Parliament, Election Commission, election tribunals, and the Supreme Court, and all the efforts were gone in vain. He blamed that a lot of rigging in the general polls was executed, under the independent judiciary, and superior judiciary, which has disappointed him utterly.
He said that we had earlier demanded the verification of votes in only four constituencies but the government was reluctant in verifying the votes. To a question about filing of a case against him by the former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, he said that it would provide him a good chance to expose the misdeeds of his son, Irslan Iftikhar, adding how Irslan with meagre education had been appointed at a high profile post in Balochistan.
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