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Imran Khan fires a fresh salvo at Nawaz Sharif

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan slammed on Tuesday Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, saying the latter wanted to debar him from politics.

Speaking via video link, Mr Khan flayed Mr Sharif, saying, “How can Nawaz Sharif decide the fate of the country because what belongs to him is abroad. Nawaz Sharif first fled the country during Pervez Musharraf’s regime. Now when the court sentenced him, he fled the country again on the pretext of a blood platelet count.”

He slammed the incumbent government, saying, “People with more money are occupying the seats in the assemblies.” “There is no rule of law in the country.”

Referring to the arrest of his supporters, he claimed, “Azam Swati has been kidnapped in front of children.” No one can imagine the agony that Ali Amin Gandapur had to face”.

Underscoring the importance of rule of law, Mr Khan said, “If there was rule of law in the country, those in power could not have stolen the country’s wealth”. 

On Sunday, Mr Khan said that he was ready to negotiate with the incumbent government if it dissolves the assemblies and comes up with a “neutral” caretaker setup in May.

The deposed prime minister made his remarks during a private television interview and took a jibe at political opponents, saying, “The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) were asking me to dissolve the assemblies of Punjab and KP. But they started to escape elections after the assemblies were dissolved”.

In a fresh attack on the government, he said, “These people are using delay tactics to avoid the Punjab Assembly elections on May 14. We will not let the PDM run away from the elections as we stand by the Supreme Court’s decision.

“If PDM has any proposal, we will be ready to discuss it. If they are saying that the elections will be held in October, then even then they will make excuses. The government wants to trap us. It is better to suggest holding elections in June or July.

Taking a jibe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, Mr Khan claimed, “Nawaz Sharif was guaranteed to get rid of me and PTI. Making bogus cases and arresting the PTI leaders is part of London plan. Nawaz Sharif is a criminal who looted billions of rupees.

Mr Khan claimed, “I was told by a Middle Eastern leader that General Qamar Javed Bajwa was not standing with him. The IB chief told me that Bajwa wants to bring Shehbaz Sharif to power. When I directly asked Bajwa about bringing Shehbaz Sharif to power. In response to which Bajwa said that it was not possible.”

Talking about the preparations for the Punjab Assembly elections, Mr Khan said, “The names for ticketing have been finalised. Tomorrow night, we will start our election campaign”.

Expressing his concerns over the matter of inflation, Mr Khan said, “Look where the country stands today in terms of inflation”.

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