ISLAMABAD: Terming the 'Azadi' march on August 14 a 'defining' moment for Pakistan, PTI chief Imran Khan on Friday said that if the army were to take over the country, it would only be because of the government's misgovernance.
"The army is not bothered by our march but their [Punjab government] attitude can stir the army,” said Imran, adding that the August 14 march would be a battle of ideologies.
Imran went on to warn the government to avoid any attempts to stop his peaceful, legal protest from proceeding to Islamabad. "Any attempt to stop us will be at their [government's] own peril," said Imran.
Refuting claims that he is derailing democracy, Imran said the the right to peaceful protest is a core democratic principle. "If anything, the actions of the Punjab police against Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers are undemocratic."
Imran reiterated that he will present his demands on August 14 to the government.
Reiterating that his main focus is to strengthen democracy, end monarchy and electoral reforms, Imran said, “elections don’t indicate democracy; transparent elections are the real indication of democracy."
“Our demands are not unconstitutional,” he said adding that his sit-in will not end until his demands are met.
Further, slamming the government for its hypocrisy, Imran reminded the government that it had led a long march in 2009.
"In a letter to the government, the PML-N had said that peaceful protests are part of the constitution and now that same Nawaz Sharif who was not stopped by the police or the army is trying to stop us,” said Imran.
Imran reiterated that he would unveil the names of those involved in rigging elections at a press conference on August 11.