PTI denies involvement in recent incidents of violence amid protests against the arrest of its Chairman Imran Khan
Says the public reaction after the arrest of Imran Khan is connected to many factors
ISLAMABAD ( Web News )
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has denied involvement in the recent incidents of violence amid the protests against the arrest of its Chairman Imran Khan, saying that the statement by Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) lacked the realisation of the situation on the ground.
PTI’s rebuttal comes a day after the hard-hitting statement by the military’s media wing, where it termed May 9, the day clashes and protests ensued, a “black chapter in history”.
“We believe in achieving our goals by remaining peaceful, non-violent, and adhering to the Constitution and law. PTI has always discouraged deviance from the Constitution and law,” a statement released by the party read.
It said that the PTI considered individuals and institutions, alike, bound to obey the law, the statement said
“The public reaction after the arrest of Imran Khan is connected to many factors,” PTI said, adding that the extra-judicial actions and destruction of the economy were also among of the factors that created bitterness.
The party said Imran Khan also offered a solution to the ongoing political and administrative crisis through free and fair elections.
It further stated that PTI had been against the plunder of people’s right to sovereignty via interference and rigging in elections, hence the political ideology and philosophy of the party chief Imran Khan received approval from the masses.
On Wednesday, the Pakistan Army in a statement said that May 9, 2023, will be remembered as a “dark chapter” in the country’s history.
The ISPR said after the PTI chief’s arrest in Al-Qadir Trust case on National Accountability Bureau’s orders, a “well-thought-out plan” was witnessed in which the army was targeted.
“Soon after [Khan’s arrest], there were organised attacks on army properties and installations and anti-army slogans were raised,” the military’s media wing said.
The ISPR called the PTI leaders “hypocrites” for inciting their workers against the armed forces on the one hand, and other, they were praising the military — in a bid to overshadow their criticism.
“On the one hand, these evil elements vigorously stir up public sentiments to fulfil their narrow and selfish goals and on the other, they do not get tired of highlighting the importance of the army for the country while throwing dust in the eyes of the people. This is an example of hypocrisy.”
The military’s media wing added that a group of people — draping political garb in their lust for power — have done unprecedented damages to the country that Pakistan’s enemies since its inception have not.
“The army showed extreme patience, tolerance and restraint and without caring about its own reputation worked with extreme patience and endurance in the wider interest of the country.”
The statement mentioned that when such a situation was created under nefarious, a heinous bid was made to force the military to give an immediate response, which could be used for nefarious political purposes.
“The army’s mature response, however, thwarted this conspiracy. We are well aware that behind it were orders, directives and complete pre-planning by some sinister party leadership,” the statement added.
The facilitators, planners, and political activists involved in the protests have been identified and now, strict action will be taken against them “in line with the law and all these evil elements will now be responsible for the consequences”, the army said.
The ISPR added that any further attack — by the “very group that wants to push Pakistan into a civil war” — on the army, including all law enforcement agencies, military, and state installations and properties will be met with severe retaliation.
“No one can be allowed to incite people and take the law into their hands,” the ISPR added.