A spokesperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday refuted the allegations levied against party chairman Imran Khan for delaying the all parties’ conference (APC) by leaving for UK.
In an official statement, the spokesperson reiterated that Imran’s visit to UK which was on account of medical reasons, did not hinder PTI’s presentation for APC as they were fully prepared.
“It is the government who is still in the process of drafting a presentation on national security policy,” the statement continued.
Citing government’s ill-preparedness for APC as the main reason for the delay, the spokesperson stated that PTI chairman had waited for two months for the government to call on a meeting on counter-terrorism and had already postponed an immediately needed medical trip earlier.
The spokesperson said that Imran’s ill health meant that it was impossible for him to postpone his medical consultation and he had never said that he was going to postpone his UK trip.
The party leaders were told of the meeting only a few days in advance and Imran was not directly contacted at all, the party spokesperson added.
The statement said the PTI chairman could not be blamed for the delay of APC, since he had nominated party representatives to attend the conference in his absence.
The APC which was earlier scheduled to be held on July12 was postponed to ensure attendance from all political parties. A new date for the conference has yet to be finalized.
The PTI Chairman was criticized on social media for new photos of him attending a party thrown by Prince Charles.