PESHAWAR: Jailed former prime minister Imran Khan will neither settle for a “deal,” nor will he go away Pakistan to stay a snug life overseas, a senior member of Khan’s get together mentioned on Saturday.
Khan, who was sentenced to a few years in jail in August in a case involving the sale of state presents, faces a slew of instances registered towards him following his ouster in a parliamentary no-trust vote in April 2022.
Pakistan’s election regulator this week additionally barred his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) get together from utilizing the cricket bat image on poll papers, depriving it of an important marketing campaign instrument in a nation the place grownup literacy charges lag.
The ex-premier alleges that the caretaker authorities and the army are colluding with dynastic events which have lengthy dominated the nation to crush his motion and forestall him from operating for workplace. The federal government and the army deny it.
In an unique interview with Arab Information, Taimur Saleem Jhagra, a senior PTI determine and a former provincial finance minister, mentioned the ex-premier wouldn’t go away the nation and proceed his battle for a “fairer and higher state.”
“The Imran Khan I do know, as he mentioned, is not going to settle for a deal, is not going to settle for to depart Pakistan to make his life extra snug,” he mentioned. “Imran Khan will proceed his battle for the political rights of bizarre Pakistanis and for a fairer and higher state until his final day.”
The destiny of politicians in Pakistan has traditionally rested on their relationship with the nation’s highly effective army, which has immediately dominated the South Asian nation on a number of events.
Since his ouster, Khan, who rose to energy in 2018 with what political analysts say was the help of the army, has maintained the generals had conspired with Washington and his political rivals to finish his time period. The army, Khan’s opponents and Washington have denied the claims.
Within the months after his ouster, the ex-premier was ready to attract big crowds at rallies the place he publicly touted diplomatic paperwork as proof for his claims, waging an unprecedented marketing campaign of defiance towards the army.
His transient arrest in a graft case on Might 9 sparked unrest within the South Asian nation that resulted in a crackdown on Khan’s PTI get together, which noticed a number of senior PTI figures defect, be arrested or pushed underground.
Whereas the Pakistani authorities denies pursuing any coverage geared toward maintaining Khan or the PTI out of elections, Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar clarified in a televised interview on Saturday that these concerned in Might 9 riots and assaults on state installations must “face the regulation.”
Jhagra mentioned the latest actions towards their candidates and legal professionals solely elevated his get together’s recognition among the many lots.
“Many individuals have left the get together due to this crackdown, some voluntarily and a few actually being pressured after being disappeared for days or even weeks. Even those that left voluntarily didn’t go away fortunately,” he instructed Arab Information.
“The federal government is campaigning for us, each particular person they put in jail, each lawyer whose paper they tear, each lawyer that they abuse, each time and attempt to impose their will on the individuals of Pakistan, they marketing campaign for us.”
He maintained that Khan was their solely chief as he denied reviews in regards to the stage being set for PTI vice-chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi to guide the get together within the upcoming elections.
“Imran Khan is, was and would be the chief of this get together and the largest political chief, actually within the fashionable political historical past of Pakistan,” he mentioned.
“Shah Mahmood Qureshi, our vice-chairman, has proven unimaginable braveness in jail and I refuse to imagine that he’s a part of a plan with anybody… to try to take over the get together.”
To a query whether or not Khan was in favor of talks with different political events or an alliance, the PTI chief mentioned they might solely have talks on the elections and democracy. “Let one of the best man or girl win, after which allow them to lead Pakistan to progress in a mature political surroundings,” he mentioned.
In regards to the allegations of his get together’s help for the resettlement of Pakistani Taliban militants within the nation’s tribal northwest, Jhagra mentioned it was a “joint civil-military choice” and that civilian governments in Pakistan had a restricted say on this regard.
“The tackling of militancy is a joint civil-military choice. It’s not only a choice of any political get together. And historically political events and political governments have had solely a specific amount of house in making these choices,” he instructed Arab Information.
“So, I feel the accusation towards PTI of mainly going with a method of resettling militants in KP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) or Pakistan was simply a part of political campaigns.”