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Imran warns PTI candidates to be changed if not come out for campaign on Sunday

By AFP

January 23, 2024 05:42 PM


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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan instructed his party candidates to initiate a peaceful election campaign starting next Sunday.
Talking to media persons in Adiala Jail on Tuesday, Imran Khan warned of potential ticket changes for candidates failing to participate, levelling accusations against authorities for impeding PTI's election campaign efforts.
Addressing the disparities in his and Nawaz Sharif's disqualifications, Imran Khan emphasized that Shahbaz Sharif enjoyed full support from General Bajwa. He claimed a lack of attendance at public meetings and election rallies for the Sharif family, expressing concerns that they might run away from the upcoming elections.
Stressing the urgency of the electoral process, Imran Khan insisted that the elections should be held on February 8 under any circumstances.
Imran Khan said Javed Hashmi has been in jail, he understands that the establishment is doing everything against me.
About Chaudhry Nisar Ahmad Khan, Imran Khan said he is a 50-year-old friend who was invited to join PTI in April 2018, but Chaudhry Nisar is still Chaudhry Nisar.
He also said that if Chaudhry Nisar talks about joining us, Vigo Dala will reach to pick him up.
He framed the ongoing struggles as part of a "freedom movement," declaring his time in jail as a form of sacred worship within this movement.
In addressing the Cypher case against him, Imran Khan questioned the motives behind de-marching, alleging interference.
Imran Khan said Asad Majeed, the Pakistani ambassador, recommended de-marsh in the official meeting on Donald Lu's talk but now it is being said that there was no conspiracy.
He said never in the history of Pakistan did such a cypher come and Shah Mahmood Qureshi found out this cypher by chance which was actually for General Bajwa.
If there was no such thing in the cypher, why was it demarche? he questioned and said does anyone demarche America?
The cypher was made public on the same day it was demarched, he said adding that in the National Security Committee meeting, why was the cypher said to interfere in Pakistan's internal affairs?
He also raised a question that the parliament committee was formed on the cypher issue and it ended on whose threat.
He said they had also asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) to conduct an inquiry into the cypher issue.
He said no country has been demarched during his three-and-a-half-year tenure.
He said after the cypher, PTI members began to detach and many including Raja Riaz were going to the American Embassy on which there was also an Intelligence Branch (IB) report.
He added that there is also a program of Arshad Sharif that which people were going to the American Embassy.
Imran Khan claimed unawareness of General Bajwa's hiring of Hussain Haqani in October 2021. He highlighted the subsequent tweet by Haqqani, accusing Imran Khan of being against America while portraying General Bajwa as pro-America.
He said the Army does not do anything without the instructions of the Army Chief and he has never given any statement against Nadeem Anjum as he knows how the army works.

Reporter: Hashir Warraich


AFP


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