Khalilzad cautions government against banning PTI

ISLAMABAD: Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad again cautioned the government against taking extreme measures against former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan. 

In a series of tweets, Khalilzad noted there are indications that Pakistan’s parliament, which is controlled by the governing coalition, might well ask the Supreme Court to disqualify Imran Khan from running for election and even prohibit PTI in the next few days.

“The government appears to have decided to set up Imran Khan as Enemy No 1 of the State. Such steps will only deepen Pakistan’s triple crises: political, economic, and security. Already, some countries have suspended planned investments,” he said. 
“The IMF support remains doubtful. If the steps mentioned take place, international support for #Pakistan will decline further. Political polarisation and violence will likely increase,” he added.
“I hope the Pakistani political leaders rise above destructive petty politics that undermine the national interest. If not, I hope the Supreme Court says no to being used in games that undermine the nation’s interests. I am becoming increasingly concerned about Pakistan,” concluded the US leader.


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