KOHAT: In sharp criticism of government's decision to implement Article 245 in Islamabad, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan on Monday threatened to file a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if violence was used against his party workers during the August 14 rally.
Citing imminent security threats, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government decided to call in the army to assist Islamabad's civil administration for the next three months. PTI, which plans to hold a ‘tsunami march’ against alleged rigging in the last year's general elections in the capital, called it a political move to use military against opponents.
"Pakistan Army should not support the government and stay neutral," he demanded, while speaking to Express News today. He reiterated that PTI will challenge the imposition of Article 245 in Islamabad in the Supreme Court.
The party chief further claimed that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has contacted him and agreed to meet his demands which included answers to: 1) Who scripted the victory speech of Nawaz Sharif on May 11, 2013; 2) What was the role of caretaker Punjab chief minister Najam Sethi; 3) What was the role of the then-chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry; 4) And lastly why returning officers were not present under the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Commenting on the possibility of joining hands with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri, Imran said he could ask Qadri to become a part of his tsunami march, however, he said he does not agree with his 'revolution' agenda.
In response to the ongoing rumours of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan considering to join the ranks of PTI, Imran said his party's doors are always open for Nisar as he is the only person in Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) who is not a "darbari".
Imran Khan celebrating Eid with IDPs
Imran arrived in Bannu today, as promised, to celebrate Eid with internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.
Eidul Fitr is being celebrated in various parts of Khyber-Pakthunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) today with Saudi Arabia.
While addressing the IDPs, the PTI chief at first apologised for not being able to offer Eid prayers with them because of bad weather.
Express News screengrab of PTI chief Imran Khan addressing IDPs in Bannu.
He said that his party and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will do everything they can for people affected by the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan, adding that the entire nation is standing by them as they go through these difficult times.
Condemning Sindh and Punjab governments' decision to stop IDPs from entering their provinces, the PTI chairperson remarked that the IDPs were Pakistanis and were allowed to go to any part of Pakistan, further stating that it was their constitutional right.