On Friday, Imran Khan, former prime minister and current chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), took a jab at the establishment, saying that the “neutrals” did not appear neutral to him about the vote of confidence for Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.
At his Zaman Park residence, where top reporters were present, Imran said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was being pushed into power in Punjab. However, he emphasised that “if the court tells us to do so,” the PTI will go forward with the vote of confidence in the Punjab Assembly.
Imran said, “Our members are being contacted,” and he added that three of them had informed him this. Following this, he cast doubt on “the neutrality of the neutrals.” The “system is undertaking political engineering and attempts are being made to bring the PML-N to power in Punjab,” he said, adding he was well aware of this.
The PTI chairman avoided answering a direct question about his trust in Chief Minister Elahi and said instead that he thought Elahi was playing a double game. Elahi has his own views on the establishment, but there’s little question that the PML-Quaid is PTI’s ally. He [Elahi] has no right to demand that the PTI change its position.
Despite saying, “we are fighting for the cause of justice,” PTI head Imran Khan said he did not want to go to war with the establishment. In the country, it’s the “rule of the jungle,” he said again. He emphasised that the underprivileged people, not the affluent families, were in need of justice.
Imran also claimed again that the agencies were complicit in the November 3 attack on him in Wazirabad. He said that despite his party’s control of the Punjab government, he was the primary target of the attack and the first one to report it.
Police officers, the DPO [district police officer concerned], and the country’s agency “are not collaborating,” Imran claimed. Hussain Haqani, the former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, was accused of being a part of a plot to overthrow the current government in Pakistan.