Announce elections or sea of people will ‘sweep everyone away’, Imran warns govt

Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has warned the unity government to give him the date for fresh elections or “the ocean of people that is coming to Islamabad will wash away everything”.

“I am giving you warning if you don’t give us election date, the ocean of people coming to Islamabad will blow you away,” he said while addressing a massive public gathering in Mardan on Friday.

Calling former prime minister Nawaz Sharif the “biggest coward he has seen in his entire life”, Imran said that he cannot make decisions of the nation by sitting in London. “Only people of this country have that right… they will decide who will lead them,” he added.

The public gathering is part of protests announced by the former ruling party as it continues to up the ante against the coalition government. Imran Khan had said he will announce the date for his long march to Islamabad anytime after May 20.

Lashing out at JUI-F Amir Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Imran said that he has snatched the ministry which will fetch him the most money. “I am not calling Fazlur Rehman a maulana as I respect clerics a lot … I am only calling him diesel now,” he added.

Asking people to break the “shackles of fear” and join him in Islamabad, the former premier said that despite campaigns against him in the media, the Almighty gave him honour and proof of this are the people coming to this rally.

“These US slaves will never let this nation become a great nation.”

The PTI chief said he went to those who could’ve stopped the “conspiracy” from materialising but they did nothing. “I told them if this succeeds, economy will go into tailspin… I sent Shaukat to those who call themselves neutral but unfortunately they did not stop it.”

The former PM said that the rupee is now at almost Rs200 and the economic downfall can be witnessed by everyone.

He questioned why the media now is not going door-to-door and asking people about inflation

“I know who is part of this conspiracy…. each face is saved in my memory. I want Chief Justice of Supreme Court to form a commission and ask them to find out about the traitors,” he added.

Imran Khan said that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will go to the US only to beg in front of the Americans.

“He will not be able to take any stand against them as they know where his money is… he will only beg for money but I know Americans the best… they will say there is no free lunch… they will put a price on it and what will be the price? It will be your freedom,” he added.

The PTI chief said that the US will ask Pakistan to give statements against Russia and in favour of Ukraine.

“They asked me but I said it is not our war. When slaves are in power, they will do whatever their masters say,” he added.

Imran Khan said that transparent elections cannot take place under the current chief election commissioner. “The entire nation knows who the lotas are but only the chief election commissioner cannot see them,” he added.

Talking about the achievements of the PTI government, he said that they managed to save people from both coronavirus and poverty. “Only 31,000 people died in Pakistan whereas five million died in India,” he maintained.

“When we assumed power, the country was on the verge of bankruptcy because of the loans taken by previous governments,” he said and added that his government raised 60% more tax collection and the country witnessed record exports during PTI’s tenure.

“When we were on the verge of takeoff, they conspired against our government because they don’t want Pakistan to become prosperous,” he added.

PTI had announced that it will launch protest against the alleged foreign conspiracy of regime change and the ousting of former prime minister Imran Khan in a series of rallies throughout the country.

The party has so far managed to pull massive crowed in many cities throughout the country including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.Imran Khan was warmly greeted by a massive crowd at the Railway Station Ground located on Mardan-Nowshera road upon his arrival earlier.

According to media reports, an 80-feet long and 30-feet wide stage was set for the central leadership of PTI. Strict security measures were also put in place for the rally.

The former prime minister on Sunday claimed that three million people — a figure almost double the population of the capital city itself — would overcome all barricades put up by the government and reach the federal capital on his call.

Addressing a public rally in Abbottabad, the PTI chairman told his supporters to wait for his call, which could come on any day after May 20. He emphasised that his long march was aimed at “achieving real independence and democracy”.

“I firmly believe that no matter how many containers they will erect, more than 3 million people will reach Islamabad. The PTI supporters will reach Islamabad against the ‘imported government’,” the former prime minister said.

“This nation will never accept the robbers who came to power through an American conspiracy,” he said, adding that he could give the call for the march on any day after May 20. “Despite all barricades or hurdles, they [the government] will not be able to stop the people from coming to Islamabad.”

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