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'Listen carefully, the things I know...': Imran Khan warns Pak's ISI

Imran Khan speaks to supporters of his party in Lahore.

Lahore / Islamabad:

Imran Khan on Friday said he would remain “silent” as he did not want to “cause damage” to the country and its institutions, a day after the ISI chief said the former prime minister had made a “word of mouth”. lucrative offer” to Pakistan Army Commander-in-Chief Qamar Javed. In return, Bajwa supported his government during the March coup of this year.

Addressing his party’s supporters at Lahore’s famous Liberty Chowk after launching a march against Islamabad demanding early elections, Pakistan’s chief Tehreek-e-Insaf said his march did not not for political or personal gain but to achieve real freedom and ensure that all decisions are made in Pakistan and not in London or Washington.

“My only aim is to liberate my country and make Pakistan a free country,” said Khan, standing on top of a container.

Khan denied the accusations made by ISI leader General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum in an unprecedented press conference on Thursday, saying it was one-sided and he only “talked about Iman Khan” and never uttered a word. against “thieves” in the government.

“DG ISI, listen carefully, what I know, I am keeping quiet for the sake of my institution and the country. I don’t want to cause damage to my country,” the PTI chief said as the crowd cheered.

“Our criticism is for the sake of your construction and improvement. I could say more but won’t say it because it would hurt the organization,” he said.

Lieutenant General Anjum said on Thursday that Army chief General Bajwa had been made a “favorable offer” by the then government amid political turmoil in March. General Bajwa is expected to retire next month after a three-year extension.

The spy chief’s unprecedented press conference comes as the country is grappling with different versions of the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya and indirect charges against the armed forces. Sharif was fatally shot at a police checkpoint an hour from Nairobi on Sunday night, setting off a storm in the country.

Kenyan police later said it was a case of “confusion of identity” during the search for a similar vehicle linked to a child abduction case.

Addressing his supporters, Khan said that, unlike leader Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he is “not a fugitive who will sit quietly here or criticized the army in London”.

“I will not leave this country. I will live and die in this country,” added the head of PTI.

He said: “If these people who abet and support these immigrant government thieves think they (the government) should be accepted by us, then listen, this country will sacrifice everything but will never accept these thieves,” he said.

Khan also promised that the march would be peaceful. “Our march will follow the law, we will not break any rules. We will not enter the Red Zone (high security) and will only go to areas that have been designated by the Supreme Court for protests,” he said.

He also alleged that the Supreme Court failed to protect the constitutional rights of his supporters during the May 25 protest but hoped that “this time our rights will be protected”.

Khan, 70, is due to visit Islamabad on November 4 and has asked the official government permission to allow his party to hold a protest rally. His party saw the protest as the ‘Haqiqi Azadi Action’ or a demonstration for the country’s true freedom.

It is unclear whether he will return from the protest or turn it into a demonstration patterned after the 2014 rally when the 126-day protest was staged by his followers in front of the building. Congress.

The government rejected the march and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the country had refused to submit to a “foreign-sponsored” mastermind and had rejected the “bloody march”.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah during a press conference with Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in Islamabad, said that Khan had tried to “intimidate” the government and organizations to “schedule the election” but failed. success in this regard.

The minister said that after all the tactics of the head of PTI failed, he had to organize a long march.

“He gave many speeches and used the word ‘neutral’. But when all of this failed, he had no choice but to try something else,” said Sanaullah.

He warned that “severe action will be taken if they try to break the law and create a state of law and order in the capital.” Sanaullah added that if PTI fulfills its pledge to stay in places authorized by the Supreme Court, no one will stop them from exercising its democratic right.

Climate change minister Sherry Rehman has alleged that Khan considers herself “above the law and the Constitution” when she accuses the PTI director of giving people lies.

Rehman said that Imran was a “fascist” who considered himself a “king”. “This is why he leads people to violence,” she added.

PTI Secretary General Asad Umar had previously told the media in Lahore that the protest would be peaceful. He said the party had decided to dedicate the march to the killing of journalist Sharif.

The country is grappling with different versions of the murder of journalist Sharif in Kenya and indirect charges against the armed forces.

Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry said that PTI’s long march had only one agenda – new elections.

PTI leader told Dawn News that Pakistani people want new elections to be held. “People have come out hundreds and thousands. This is our fight for true freedom,” he said.

He told the incumbent government’s “handlers” that they were facing a “swarm of people” that no one could resist.

“Their handler, listen carefully. This is a bunch of people and no one can stand against it,” he said while addressing protesters as he marched to Ichhra in Lahore.

During a short pitstop in Lahore’s Ichhra, Khan delivered another fiery speech, this time aimed at the government.

“They steal money, go abroad, come back after receiving NRO and then come back [to power] again,” Khan said from the top of his container as Shah Mahmood Qureshi stood behind him.

“What do they think of us? That we are bher bakriyan (idiots)? Those who have stolen billions of dollars from our country and live in palaces in London are named prime ministers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has directed TV channels not to broadcast live TV shows and other content especially when covering speeches. of PTI leaders and the long march.

Pemra said while monitoring the transmission Friday, it was observed in a speech that “statements against state institutions were broadcast live” in violation of the code of conduct and orders. of the court.

It directs TV channels to limit “broadcasting content” [is] equivalent to defaming/disgraceful state institutions (advertising or inadvertently) and to induce editors, directors (new and programmers), bureaucrats and field reporters to comply with the directives. this town.

Pemra warned it would initiate legal action, leading to license suspension and revocation in the event of non-compliance.

Khan has demanded early elections and threatened a march against Islamabad to force his demands if the government does not give an election date. The term of the National Assembly will end in August 2023 and new elections will be held within 60 days.

Khan, who was ousted in April after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership, spoke of a ‘threat letter’ from the US and claimed it was part of the a foreign plot to get rid of him because he is unacceptable. under an independent foreign policy. The US has flatly denied the allegation.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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