deposed prime minister of pakistan Imran Khan Friday dismissed reports that he had struck a deal with the Pakistani military to end his massive independence rally demanding a new general election, saying he ended his march to avoid bloodshed. had decided to do. A defiant Khan warned on Thursday that if the “imported government” failed to announce new general elections within the six-day deadline, it would return to the Pakistani capital along with the entire country, prompting Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif to retaliate. That his “dictation won” ‘do not work’ and that Parliament would decide the date of the election.
Addressing the press here, a day after he decided to call off his “Azadi Rally”, the former prime minister said he had expressed massive anger and public outcry after the police crackdown on members of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. There was outrage: Party Khan in many cities of the country said that I had seen anger among people against the police for stopping the march, and there was a fear that if we continued to march as announced, the country would plunge into chaos and anarchy. Will go
He quoted the report as saying, “Don’t think it was our weakness and don’t think that the deal was done. I keep hearing strange things that the deal was done with the establishment. I didn’t deal with anybody.” Role of powerful military establishment in ending rally by PTI workers.
According to the Dawn newspaper report, Khan insisted that the sole motive behind his action to withdraw the rally was concern for the country.
Last week, Khan asked his supporters to peacefully march to Islamabad on May 25 to press for the dissolution of the National Assembly and fresh elections in the country.
The 69-year-old cricketer-turned-politician, however, insisted that he would again announce a huge rally if the government did not order an early election.
He insisted that his party would not deal with or accept an “imported government”.
“If they don’t explicitly announce the date of election or dissolution of the assembly, I will hit the streets again,” he said. Let me make it clear that this time we will be ready.
The former prime minister has slammed the Pakistan government for its brutal action against the protesters.
The Pakistan government had mobilized more than 1,000 workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.
Media reports said section 144 has been imposed in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Karachi as well as other major cities of the country.
On Thursday, the police had registered a case against Khan and other senior leaders of his party in two separate cases of arson and vandalism.
The allegations pertain to incidents of fire at several places by Khan’s supporters during the ‘Azadi Rally’ in Islamabad on Wednesday night.
No arrests have been made so far, but cases will be used by the government to nab some leaders if Khan launches a second protest six days after the announcement.
Addressing a rally of thousands of ‘Azadi Rally’ protesters on Thursday, Khan attacked the Shahbaz Sharif government for using “tactics” such as raids and arrests to halt the march of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party. done, even he thanked the Supreme Court for taking cognizance of the matter.
“My message to the imported government is to dissolve the assemblies and announce elections. Otherwise I will come back to Islamabad after six days.
Hours later, Sharif – who replaced Khan in April – in his address to the National Assembly rejected the demand, saying his coalition government would not dictate to anyone if elections were held.
“I want to clarify to the leader of this group (Imran Khan), your dictation will not work. This House will decide when to hold elections,” the prime minister said in a scathing reply to Khan’s deadline.
The current National Assembly will complete its five-year term in August next year, which will be followed by general elections.
However, the Prime Minister can dissolve the Parliament and call new elections at any time.
Khan, who was ousted last month via a no-confidence motion, apparently lost the military’s backing after refusing to support the appointment of the ISI spy agency chief last year.
He has been claiming that the no-confidence motion against him was the result of a “foreign conspiracy” as his independent foreign policy and money were being diverted from abroad to oust him from power.
He has named the US behind the conspiracy, a charge Washington has denied.