PESHAWAR ( Web News )
PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan has asked why the doors of the courts were opened late at night before his ouster from office.
The Supreme Court on April 9 were all set to hear pleas past their notified timing regarding the deadline set by the apex court for the voting on the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly as former NA speaker Asad Qaiser did not hold voting on the move till nearly midnight.
A charged Khan questioned the opening of courts and told the respected judges that he had gone to jail — during the lawyer’s movement — for an independent judiciary.
“The courts were opened at night. Why? Did I break any laws?” he questioned as he claimed that since joining politics, he has never incited people against institutions.
The PTI chairman also warned that he was not that dangerous while he was part of the government, but now that he has been ousted, he will become “more dangerous” for the Opposition.
Khan said that every time a prime minister was ousted, people would celebrate it, but when he was removed from office, the masses registered a protest — referring to the Sunday rallies across the country.
“We will not accept an imported government and people have shown what they want by holding demonstrations against the move,” he said.
The PTI chairman maintained that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz are released on bail, while PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is an absconder, whose daughter — PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz — was also released from jail on bail.
“America has insulted Pakistan by imposing these bandits on us; Shehbaz Sharif is facing corruption charges of Rs.40 billion,” Khan added. “Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was sacked through a conspiracy by the USA, but this is not the Pakistan of 1970. This is the new Pakistan.”
Ex-prime minister Imran Khan repeatedly blamed the US for backing the no-confidence motion — that lead to his ouster early Sunday — and has refused to accept the newly elected premier, saying “there can’t be any bigger insult to this country” — but the Joe Biden’s administration denied any role.
Lashing out at PM Shehbaz, Khan said: “He will not find a place to hide if I ask masses to stage protests.”
Taking at JUI-F’s chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Khan said: “For 30 years, ‘diesel’ has been selling Islam but I thank Allah that it was me, a sinful person, who went to the United Nations to get a resolution against Islamophobia passed.”
Shedding light on how foreign powers were involved in his ouster, he claimed that it was “India and Israel that celebrated my ouster the most”.
Addressing the jalsa before Khan, PTI Vice Chairman and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi criticised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, following diplomatic protocol, had congratulated Shehbaz Sharif for being elected as the 23rd prime minister of the country.
“Modi never called Imran Khan but now he has started tweeting to Shehbaz,” said Qureshi. “Imran Khan was right when he had said that one day, all other politicians will stand against him in unison.”
Qureshi said that Bilawal and Fazlur Rehman do not share an ideology, but they have similar vested interests.
He also took a swipe at MQM-P, which was an ally of the PTI government but had switched sides before the no-confidence motion, and said that for three years, MQM-P’s leadership opposed the PPP but went ahead and shook hands with them.
“But now, the Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui-led party is sitting in PPP’s lap,” he said.
Former defence minister Pervaiz Khattak said the ‘foreign conspiracy’ was hatched against Imran Khan from the day when he said “absolutely not” to the US.
He alleged that opposition leaders kept on meeting with the US officials from January. Khattak also asked Fazlur Rehman how he joined the US conspiracy.
We will not bow down before the US, Khattak said and added that they will fight.
The PTI stalwart also said that they will bring back Imran Khan into power again with the help of the masses.
PTI leader Qasim Suri in his address said that an ‘international conspiracy’ was hatched against our brave leader Imran Khan who raised the Islamophobia issue and fought Pakistan’s case at every forum.
He said he personally saw the ‘threatening letter’ which clearly stated to remove Imran Khan through a no-confidence motion.
He thanked the masses for their support for the former prime minister and PTI.
Former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed addressing the crowd said that international powers are against Imran Khan because he wants an independent foreign policy. He asked the nation to support and stand firmly united with the PTI chairman.
He also alleged that the conspirators are now planning to impeach President Arif Alvi, but their move will be foiled.
Rasheed also said those who were criticising state institutions in past have come into power.
The former interior minister also said that he will meet MQM-P leaders during the PTI’s public rally in Karachi.