Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has issued a warning to the current administration that he would start a large protest march to the capital city of Islamabad if the political persecution of his party continues.
According to a report in The Express Tribune newspaper published on Saturday, Khan made these comments while addressing a public gathering in Gujrat, which is located in the most populous province of Pakistan, Punjab. He claimed that members of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party have been unnecessarily targeted ever since he was removed from his position as prime minister in April of this year due to a vote of no confidence.
According to the newspaper, he was cited as claiming that “Freedom Movement would march towards Islamabad” in the event that the present administration did not cease persecuting PTI supporters.
“I am warning you PML-N-led coalition government today, our justice movement will come to Islamabad if you continue to do this political victimisation, and you will have nowhere to hide,” he continued.
Khan has lately increased the ante after many members of his party, including his close aide Shahbaz Gill, were jailed on allegations of inciting sedition. Khan’s actions are in response to these arrests.
The leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who is 69 years old, lashed out at the government for its purported use of force against Gill, claiming that he was stripped nude and subjected to torture.
Jameel Farooqui, a journalist, was also subjected to their cruel treatment. humiliated him in front of everyone by stripping him nude. Additionally, various cases have been brought against Haleem Adil. “In addition to that, he is being tortured while he is incarcerated,” Khan added.
During his presentation on Friday, Khan informed the young people that they need to collaborate in order to improve the legal system that exists in the nation.
“Everyone of you has to accompany me to that meeting. When I first began out in this field twenty-six years ago, we advocated for an independent judicial system as a means of ensuring the protection of citizen rights. During the time of the judicial movement, I was the only political leader to be arrested and placed in jail. We refrained from voting in the judicial elections in 2008,” he said.
In the meanwhile, President Arif Alvi issued a call on Friday for political parties to halt their political operations as a result of the devastation caused by the floods. He said that any narrative that generated fractures among national institutions was not in the interest of the country.
According to a report in the daily Dawn, the President of the United States also asked all relevant stakeholders to initiate a countrywide effort to mobilise the country.
Alvi stated that despite the fact that he did not have a constitutional obligation to play a role in defusing the current political polarisation in his role as president, he would be willing to volunteer in his personal capacity to mediate between them over significant issues such as how to move forward with making key appointments, a consensus-based economic charter, and the upcoming elections.
In spite of the devastation caused by the floods, Khan has continued to refuse to make peace with the government and put an end to anti-government protests, which has resulted in the present political impasse that Pakistan is experiencing.
Khan has lately come under fire for organising public rallies despite the fact that the majority of the nation is still struggling from terrible floods that have wiped out farmlands and killed over 1,200 people.
However, the former cricketer turned politician has justified himself by declaring that he is fighting for “haqeeqi azadi.”