Ousted from power, Imran Khan opts for street shows
Ex-premier asks judiciary to explain midnight coup
April 14, 2022 02:15 AM
Former prime Imran Khan has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would not let the imported government rule the country, 24NewsHD TV channel reported late Wednesday.
Pakistan has now emerged as a nation that has rejected the imported government enforced by a foreign power through no-confidence motion in the National Assembly couple of days ago, the ex-pm said in his first public rally address after removal from power.
Whenever a prime minister of Pakistan was removed, people used to distribute sweets, Imran Khan said, adding he was grateful to the Almighty for the respect and love he got from the people of Pakistan.
He stressed that the decisive moment has arrived and the nation needs to choose if it wants slavery or liberty.
"Do we want to be the slaves of the US' slaves or do we want real freedom?"
He said that the imported government was full of individuals out on bail. "Shehbaz Sharif is out on bail, his son is out on bail, Nawaz Sharif is a convict, and his son is an absconder in London and the same is the case with his sons, daughter and son-in-law."
Imran Khan said that the Americans have disrespected" Pakistan by imposing outlaws on this nation.
"I will go to every city of the country ... and I challenge to them that they would have never seen the kind of mobility of the public the way I would do."
The PTI chairman accused newly appointed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif of being involved in corruption to the tune of Rs40billion.
"Everyone should know that this is not the Pakistan of the 1970s when the US conspired to remove Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ... this is not the same Pakistan. The Pakistan of today is of social media. The country has 60 million mobile phones. All our youth now have a voice and no one can zip their mouths."
Imran Khan then addressed the judiciary and questioned why the Supreme Court and the Islamabad High Court felt the need to open their courts on Saturday night, hours before he was ousted from the top office.
He said he faced jail during the independent judiciary movement
"My dear judges … my judiciary … I faced jail because of your freedom because I dream that one day the judiciary would stand with the weak people of the society, and not the powerful.
He continued “I ask the judiciary that when you opened the court in the dead of night ... this nation has known me for 45 years. Have I ever broken the law? When I played cricket, did anyone ever accuse me of match-fixing?
"During my 25 years of politics, I have never provoked the public against state organs including the judiciary because I have to be here in Pakistan. I ask you, what crime had I exactly committed that you opened up the courts at midnight?"
Imran Khan asked Prime Minister Shehbaz to stop the harassment of PTI supporters.
"This crackdown that you're doing against our youth over social media ... listen to this clearly ... the day we give the call, you would not find a place to hide."