Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Friday vowed that he will not postpone his million-man march and subsequent sit-in at Islamabad on August 14 unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepts his demands, adding that the government’s high-handedness would be to blame if the army steps in,Speaking at a press conference.
Khan said, “All our demands are according to the constitution. We have been running from pillar to post to get justice but nobody paid heed. Now we have no option left but to take to the streets to protest.”
He added that irrespective of threats to his life, he would go ahead with the ‘Azadi’ march, adding that his party has the right to protest peacefully and warned that if the government tried to stop the peaceful march, violence would erupt.
PTI WANTS ELECTORAL REFORMS:
He said August 14 would see a war between two ideologies — between monarchy and the will of the people.
“Our aim is to reform Pakistan’s electoral system,” the PTI chief said, adding that on August 14 his party would present a list of demands before the government.
He said he would also demand action against those involved in rigging during last year’s elections. “Whoever was involved in the election rigging must be punished. On Monday, I will unveil names of all those involved in the vote fraud.”
PUNJAB GOVT’S POLICIES WILL INVITE BOOTS:
“If there is any military intervention in the country, it will be due to the policies of the Punjab government,” Khan opined, adding that Pakistan is heading towards anarchy.
The PTI chief flayed the Punjab government for using Punjab police in a brutal crackdown in Lahore against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) workers.
Khan said the Punjab government had turned the police force into “Gullu Butts”, adding that if the Punjab government did not mend its ways, the army would indeed take over.
KHAN HIGHLIGHTS ‘FRAUDS’ OF GOVT:
The PTI chief issued a white paper against the one-year performance of the federal government and termed the Metro bus project as the biggest fraud being carried out by the federal government.
Alleging that government leaders are involved in nepotism, Khan said the PM’s son owns property in the United Kingdom worth billions of rupees.
He also questioned the economic performance of the federal government over the past one year. “The economic growth of the current government is worse than the Pakistan People’s Party-led government,” he said.
Khan said that Nawaz Sharif is facing 30 cases in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) but none of those cases are being heard, adding that Sharif has spent Rs 680 million on 14 foreign visits in just one year.
He urged political parties not to play on both sides of the wicket, pledging that all his demands would be in line with the law and constitution.
When asked whether he is likely to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ahead of the ‘Azadi’ march, Khan said he had no time to meet the PM before August 14 as he (Khan) is busy meeting party leaders ahead of the march.