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Imran Khan asks Pakistan’s SC to avoid wasting plenty of democracy, says ‘you is likely to be our closing hope’

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By Press Trust of India: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday appealed to the Supreme Court judges to avoid wasting plenty of democracy in Pakistan, saying “you are our last hope,” amidst a doable ban on his political celebration following the assaults by his supporters on military installations.

In an take care of to the nation via social media, 70-year-old Khan moreover acknowledged {{that a}} giant crackdown on his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf celebration is ongoing and the regime has “jailed the entire leadership and even those who are not even a part of the party.” “You are our last hope,” Khan acknowledged, referring to the best judiciary.

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“Supreme Court judges, the nation is looking at you and your unity is very important for the public. It is up to you now to save this country and take a stand for it because Pakistan is becoming a banana republic,” Khan urged. Khan, who’s coping with the heat following widespread violence by his supporters earlier this month, moreover offered to hold a dialogue and acknowledged he is ready to symbolize a committee for talks with “anyone who is in power today”.

“I’m making this committee and I say two points: If they inform the committee that they’ve a solution and the nation can carry out increased with out me. Or they inform the committee what revenue will Pakistan purchase from holding elections in October. Convince us on these two points,” he said, adding that he will announce the committee tomorrow.

The government had suspended Internet services at his Zaman Park residence. On May 9, violent protests erupted after the arrest of Khan by paramilitary Rangers. His party workers vandalised a dozen military installations, including the Lahore Corps Commander’s house, Mianwali airbase and the ISI building in Faisalabad.

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The Army headquarters in Rawalpindi was also attacked by the mob for the first time. Police put the death toll in violent clashes at 10. “They have benefitted from the arson on the Lahore Corps Commander’s residence and used it to crack down on the PTI â€æ a crackdown which was certainly not seen inside the historic previous of the nation,” Khan said. He said the Intelligence Bureau and Military Intelligence can be behind the conspiracy in the May 9 attacks on state buildings, providing them with an excuse to eliminate his party.

Khan claimed that during the unrest on May 9 following his arrest in Islamabad, 25 people were shot dead. “Why no investigation is carried out as they were killed in a straight firing?” he requested. He claimed that the authorities have jailed the entire administration of his celebration and even these which are often not even a part of the celebration. “There is only one way out, that they utter the magic words of ‘I am leaving PTI’ â€æ is this a joke?” Khan asked.

Feeling the heat of legal processes, several PTI leaders have quit the party, including liberal-minded former human rights minister Shireen Mazari and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry. Khan said Mazari’s departure from politics was not just a loss for his party but for the entire country and its democracy. “At present, over 10,000 of our workers are in jail,” Khan said, adding that they are being treated as if they are foreign enemies of the country, but even then, prisoners of war have rights.

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Khan said his supporters are now scared of coming on the media, fearing that they will be caught and thrown into jails. “I’ve knowledgeable my people to enter hiding. I’m telling my workers and office-bearers that there is no need so to come out. Don’t hold at your properties, disguise,” Khan said. He lambasted the human rights activists and journalists for keeping mum over the worst human rights violations and curbs on freedom of speech.

Khan said that this oppression will not eliminate his party but will in fact increase its popularity. “The means they’re gripping necks and forcing them to depart PTI. You weren’t born for this…when the nation bows its head in entrance of fear, these nations die,” he said. Khan said that it is better to die than accept the slavery of the powers. He asked the military establishment whether in its efforts to eliminate him from the political scene they are destroying Pakistan.

“Let me let you realize that the PTI’s help will not be going to recede. Unlike Bhutto’s time, at current is an interval of social media and you can’t suppress the people,” he acknowledged, referring to the Pakistan Peoples Party chief Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who was deposed in a military coup by then navy chief Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Bhutto was controversially tried and executed in 1979. “I am sitting prepared for them, whenever they will come for me. I am prepared every day,” he added.

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His remarks bought right here hours after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif acknowledged the federal authorities is mulling a doable ban on Khan’s celebration following the assaults by his supporters on military installations. “A decision (to ban PTI) has not been taken yet, but a review is surely underway,” Asif told reporters. He, however, said that the matter will be referred to the Parliament for approval if the government finally decides to ban the former ruling party.

He also criticized Khan for not condemning the attacks on the military facilities. “Till now, he (Imran) has not condemned [the violence] in clear phrases. He says that he did not know, he was [in custody]. He had his cellphone [â€æ] he repeated that this response was anticipated and might happen as soon as extra if he is arrested,” acknowledged Asif. Asif claimed that the vandalism of military installations all through the nation on May 9 was “coordinated attacks” planned by Khan. “There is a lot of evidence and their people are telling themselves that they were briefed about this beforehand,” he acknowledged. “I actually really feel that his battle of a yr â€æ all his plans failed and this was his closing switch in opposition to the armed forces.”

However, PTI chief Barrister Ali Zafar acknowledged that the celebration would drawback the ban inside the courtroom as a political celebration cannot be banned. He knowledgeable the media that when a ban was imposed on the Jamaat-i-Islami inside the Sixties, it was put apart by then-chief justice Alvin Robert Cornelius. Khan was ousted from vitality in April closing yr after shedding a no-confidence vote in his administration, which he alleged was part of a US-led conspiracy specializing in him on account of his unbiased abroad protection decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan.

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May 24, 2023