Imran terms his long march a test of neutrals, judiciary, bureaucracy

Unrelenting Imran Khan vows ‘biggest’ Azadi March tomorrow; Says cabinet of ‘criminals’ made illegal decision by disbanding PTI long march: People looking towards institutions: Prods judiciary to take cognizance of govt’s crackdown on PTI activists: Believes there is no room for anyone to remain neutral

By: News Desk
Published: 03:47 PM, 24 May, 2022
Imran terms his long march a test of neutrals, judiciary, bureaucracy
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said his long march is a test of the judiciary, the police, the bureaucracy and the ‘neutrals’.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, former premier Imran khan addressed the PTI Youth Wing in Peshawar on Tuesday evening.

He lashed out at the ‘so-cold’ democratic parties’ coalition government for holding a crackdown on the PTI workers in Punjab and Sindh especially.

Imran Khan said now the judiciary, bureaucracy and the neutrals should decide about to go with the right or not.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan said his scheduled long march will be held on May 25 in any case as no hurdles could stop them. He said PTI youth will be responsible for removing hurdles from the road during the march.

Later, Imran Khan in his interview with a private channel on Tuesday night said the situation in Pakistan could be more dangerous from Sri Lanka.

Imran Khan said the Jinn of ‘Change’ in Pakistan has come from the bottle out and now will not go back inside it as the nation especially the Pakistani youth has awakened.

He said he has sympathy for the family of the martyred policeman. He categorically said the government was directly responsible for this policemen’s martyrdom.

PTI Chairman Imran said he has more life threats to others but will lead the Long March by taking it as a Jihad against the corrupt and imported government and political leadership.

He confirmed that negotiations were going on ‘somewhere’ and he changed the date of announcement of the schedule of Long March on May 20 to May 22 on ‘their’ desire as he was ensured of ‘doing’ (announcing elections) today and then tomorrow but now he is not ready to trust anymore.

Earlier today, Unrelenting PTI leader Imran Khan addressed a press conference in Peshawar and has vowed to take out the biggest rally from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Islamabad in connection with his Azadi March call tomorrow (Wednesday).

Imran Khan said that the cabinet of ‘criminals’ had made an illegal decision. He implored that the entire nation was looking at the institutions. 

“There is no room for anyone to remain neutral,” the PTI leader asserted while asking the judiciary could it allow the government to conduct raids at the houses of the PTI workers? 

He deplored the government’s late-night raids in Lahore and other cities to detain the PTI activists. He asserted that the party had a right to stage a peaceful protest against the ‘imported conspiracy.

He lamented that authorities conducted a raid at the house of Justice Nasira Iqbal and then made the video of the raid viral on social media. He said only a government of criminals could have done this kind of thing.

He went on to say that the house of ex-energy minister Hammad Azhar was also raided last night. “There is threat to my own life but still I am out to stage Azadi March. It’s better to die than to accept the government of criminals,” Khan added.

He asked the ‘neutrals’ and judges what kind of government took such actions. It’s a defining moment for everyone, he added. He warned the institutions if the country slid into chaos, they would be responsible. He asked the country's judiciary and 'neutrals' to "do the right thing".

The PTI chairman said that the country was looking towards the judiciary, telling them that this was their "trial". 

“Unfortunately, the judiciary and the Army have to bear the brunt of wrong decisions of the fascist government. These wrong decisions of the government are making institutions controversial and inciting anger among people,” Khan emphasized. 

He maintained that during the PTI government's tenure, the then opposition was allowed to stage protests and long marches several times. "They marched several times with the purpose of ousting the government but did we resort to these methods? ... "Did we protest when Bilawal staged a long march? Did we arrest him? Fazlur Rehman also launched a march and we were ready to help them," Mr Khan asked. 

Mr Khan said that in his 26-year-old political history, he never broke law. He lamented the government’s crackdown on the PTI’s workers prodding institutions to take cognizance of it. 

Mr Khan held that it’s a decisive moment in the history of Pakistan. He was of the view that in the current situation, early elections were the only solution. He, however, said that people were seeing only darkness ahead. He dubbed the Election Commission of Pakistan as a slave of the rulers. He also claimed that he knew about the journalists who were receiving money from abroad to launch a media campaign against his party. 

He lamented that only two families had been ruling Pakistan for the last 30 years.