Imran announces campaign to force PM to resign

Published: April 21, 2017
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addressing media outside the National Assembly on Friday, April 21, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addressing media outside the National Assembly on Friday, April 21, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday announced launching a protest campaign that according to him aimed at ousting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his office and would continue till achievement of its objective.

Khan also rejected formation of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to further investigate the prime minister and his family members as directed by the apex court, saying “it will be of no use while Nawaz Sharif holding the position of the prime minister”.

He said this while speaking to the media in front of the Parliament House. Infuriated at not being given a chance to speak on the floor of the National Assembly on Friday, Khan and other PTI legislators were wearing black ribbons around their arms to record their protest.

Khan said as part of the campaign, he would address a public gathering in Islamabad on coming Friday.

“We will hold massive public gathering on next Friday in Islamabad and we will demand the prime minister to resign. This campaign will continue until the PM resigns. I ask countrymen to come forward and demand [his] resignation.” Khan said.

On the one hand the Supreme Court says all state institutions were ineffective and not ready to hold corrupt accountable, how come these institutions would hold free and fair investigations with Nawaz Sharif holding the office of the chief executive of Pakistan, he said.

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“Would the prime minister whose billions of rupees assets and properties are at stake allow state institutions to hold free and fair investigations?” he asked.

He said the PTI would hold consultation if the SC should be asked to revisit its decision of formation of a JIT.

He said the PTI was a democratic party and democratic parties consult countrymen and we would go to public if the PM refused to step down.

“The PM has been caught red-handed. JIT would only be a viable option if PM steps down.”

Khan said all five judges had rejected their [Sharif’s] defence, adding that it never happened in the history of Pakistan.

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“If such comments would have been passed against the chief executive of some other country, his own party would ask him to resign.”

“How this party, the PML-N, would go to the masses to seek votes in the presence of such observations from the judges against their head?”, Khan questioned.

Khan said he was a petitioner in the Panamagate case, but he was not allowed to speak on the floor of the house.

“I would ask the N-league why you have distributed sweets; you should have at least read the judgement before chanting slogans.”

He said all opposition parties were united over the issue and demand the prime minister’s resignation.

Meanwhile, the PTI on Thursday said it would file a reference against NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry under Article 209 for his disqualification.

PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said this while addressing a press conference. Senator Shibli Faraz and MNA Murad Saeed were also present on the occasion.


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Reader Comments (15)

  • Haris
    Apr 21, 2017 - 12:53PM

    Way to go PTI. Recommend

    Apr 21, 2017 - 12:53PM

    That’s a very fair demand. PM should immediately resign until JIT completes its investigation. And if PM comes out unharmed, he can again take oath. This is not only common sense but also in line with requirements of the Islamic system of fairness and justice.

    Or has the PM abandoned faith in his seemingly endless pursuit of power and wealth?Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Apr 21, 2017 - 1:10PM

    Imran doesn’t seem to be a mentally stable individual, at all.Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Apr 21, 2017 - 1:28PM

    Theatre type situation never pays in this country. IK please consider some other strategy to oust NS.Recommend

  • kk
    Apr 21, 2017 - 2:22PM

    please IMRAN have mercy on this have made this nation a psychiatric patientRecommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 21, 2017 - 2:40PM

    @BrainBro: Perhaps you have forgotton the ethical lines which should operate the society. Please go through the judgement with an ethical lena which could ensure your mental capacity.Recommend

  • Humza
    Apr 21, 2017 - 2:59PM

    @MAJID: Not a fair demand at all. Can’t Imran Khan just wait until elections in 2018 or does he always just need to do nonsensical dharnas which only cause instability. Imran Khan needs to grow up and see the big picture. Was Imran Khan Sadiq and Ameen when he refused to go to US when ordered to appear at the Sita White court case to accept his daughter?Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Apr 21, 2017 - 3:26PM

    He who left Lahore for Islamabad on 14th August, 2014 and vowed not to return without PM’s signature, is now crying on 21st April 2017 that morally PM should resign…..Lol!

    I can only pray that the almighty knocks some sense into Niazi’s senseless youth (ias).Recommend

  • Miraz
    Apr 21, 2017 - 3:28PM

    Dear Sir, What makes you come to that decision-a) Two judges have got him upfront disqualification.

    a) Remaining three wants a JIT just to insure he gets still a chance to get interrogated.

    c) Post that the SC is still going to take the cognizance and possibly the bigger judgement would come.

    So if an “honest Person ” is suggested to step down to let the fair trial happen than whats wrong in it considering the fact that court finds NAB and other agencies inefficient to prosecute big fish’s …..Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Apr 21, 2017 - 3:30PM


    If ethics is an operative word here than one of the respondents, i.e. Imran Niazi should have swallowed rat poison by now because his petition vehemently and vociferously prayed for the disqualification of the PM, put in handcuffs and thrown in jail – was summarily dismissed by the judges.

    I can still tune up your mental capacity further if you so desire.Recommend

  • Juicy
    Apr 21, 2017 - 4:26PM

    I knew he’ll do such a thing. Too predictable. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 21, 2017 - 5:41PM

    After wasting time and money of entire nation for more than two years, the anarchists are once again in the field. Bad luck to them.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 21, 2017 - 7:51PM

    People were against him when he did jalsa in Raiwand and Islamabad after panama documents were leaked and everyone was saying (including me) that nothing is going to happen against Shareef family but the man with nerves of still prove us wrong by making sitting PM answerable to SC. This time I will be part of this struggle.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 23, 2017 - 5:56PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi: Ethically speaking Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified already and Imran Khan has achieved what he went for. I wouldn’t recommend poor NS followers to swallow rat poison for that, rather they should drink a glass of ethics and morality, I still wonder if that would be digestible for them. Even NS himself cancelled his address to nation on TV realizing the same but I am afraid common sense is not quite common in Nawaz league. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Apr 23, 2017 - 6:00PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    @Ch. Allah Daad: Have you ever heard of economic anarchism? I suspect you are quite uneducated about white collar crimes as well. I wish you guys better health and improved understanding. Recommend

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