Calling it ‘referendum’, Imran announces rally at Minar-i-Pakistan on Wednesday

  • Says it will show where nation stands and where gang of thieves, handlers stand
  • Vows legal action against law enforcers who ‘barged into house’

LAHORE: Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday announced that his party would stage a power show at Minar-i-Pakistan on Wednesday (March 22), calling it a ‘referendum’ on where the nation stood.

The former premier made these remarks while addressing the party workers and supporters a day after clashes erupted at his Zaman Park residence and at Islamabad judicial complex where he appeared before a trial court in Toshakhana case.

“We will stage a power show at Minar-i-Pakistan on Wednesday, and it will be a referendum on where the nation stands and where the gang of thieves and their handlers stand,” Imran Khan said.

The PTI Chairman strongly criticised the police operation at his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park, vowing to take legal action against law enforcers who ‘barged into house’.

Imran Khan further said that the entire nation knew that he always respected the law, claiming that 96 cases had been registered against him. “Whenever I leave the house, more cases are registered against me,” he added.

He also accused the coalition government of planning the assassination attempt against him in Wazirabad.

Recalling the incidents of the past couple of weeks, Imran Khan noted that his party decided to initiate its election campaign by holding a rally in Lahore on March 8 after elections in Punjab were announced for April 30.

However, he said, on the day of the gathering they started installing containers and imposed Section 144. “How can authorities imposed Section 144 after the announcement of the elections date,” he questioned.

The PTI chief said that when the rally started moving towards Zaman Park, police used water cannons and tear gas against PTI workers. Subsequently, he said he decided to call off his rally because he was afraid of chaos.

‘PDM wants to arrest, shift me to Balochistan’

The PTI chairman said the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government wanted to arrest him and shift him to Balochistan.

He said the coalition government wanted to keep him arrested in dozens of cases already lodged against him. He said Zaman Park was besieged by law enforcers as if it was a castle.

Referring to his travel to Islamabad for court appearance, the former prime minister said when he reached the motorway to appear before the court at the Judicial Complex, he realized that the government’s intention was mala fide as no other vehicle was allowed on the artery.

He said only one lane was allowed on the motorway and as soon as his vehicle moved forward at one point, rest of the convoy was cut and he was left alone.

His appearance before the court was deliberately delayed, he added. When he reached the court, police were already there, either to kill him or arrest and shift him Balochistan.

Imran Khan said cases of treason, blasphemy and murder were lodged against him to remove him from the path.

He said Punjab caretaker chief minister Mohsin Naqvi considered former president Asif Zardari his father. “What will be character of such a person who considers Zardari his father,” he asked.




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