Imran Khan announces to resign from provincial assemblies as well
Says history will attest that he kept fighting till last ball | Questions why don’t institutions learn from their old mistakes | Says all those who are saying there was a false narrative are part of conspiracy | Claims there were three shooters in Wazirab
November 26, 2022 11:33 AM
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan announced to resignation from the provincial assemblies as well in a move to press his demand for holding early elections.
PTI Chairman announced that his party has decided not to remain part of the current political system and will instead resign from all the assemblies.
“We will not be part of this system. We have decided to quit all the assemblies and get out of this corrupt system.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Imran’s PTI is in power in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Imran claimed that his party did not come to Rawalpindi for elections or politics.
He announced to dissolve all the provincial assemblies where his party is in power
Rather, he said it was the need of the country to have fresh elections.
Imran said he did not care about elections since they would be held in nine months time and his party would win them.
Imran has said that the country’s history will attest that he kept on fighting till the last ball for Pakistan.
“I also want to say that those who saw a massive rise in their assets and trampled the nation’s rights … history is also looking towards him and writing down what he did with the country.”
Imran lashed out at a shadowy figure he calls “Dirty Harry” and accused of him being behind the alleged mistreatment of PTI supporters and journalists.
“Threats to journalists and they’re being beaten … and then what happened with Arshad Sharif. We never saw this in Pakistan. There was barbarity and they were threatened.
“What was their fault? Because they were bringing Imran Khan’s narrative to the media,” he said.
Imran said the figure was also behind the harassment of the PTI’s social media workers and lawmakers Azam Swati and Shahbaz Gill.
Imran lamented why the country’s institutions do not learn from their past mistakes.
He alleged that the establishment and Election Commission of Pakistan had united with those in the current government against him but the nation had sent a resounding message that they stood with the PTI.
“I remember what happened in East Pakistan … we did not do justice with them or with Pakistan’s biggest political party and we did not learn.”
Imran claimed that there were three shooters in the Wazirabad assassination attempt on him.
He said two were those he had previously identified — one who fired at Imran and the other leaders and the other who fired at the container’s front — and a third person who was meant to silence the assassin so they could not divulge any details.
Imran claimed that this third shooter had actually killed a person who lost his life in the attack while trying to kill the would-be assassin.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan reached the venue of the rally where he is addressing his supporters, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
PTI chief Imran Khan has alleged that “three criminals” — those he accuses of being behind the Wazirabad assassination attempt on him — are waiting to take a shot at him again.
Addressing the party’s power show in Rehmanabad, Imran said he had a close encounter with death and had seen bullets flying overhead during the attack on him. He called on the gathered crowd to make their faith stronger.
“When I fell down, I knew Allah saved me,” he said.
He said it will take three more months for his leg to heal.
He said everyone had advised him when he was setting out from Lahore not to do so due to his injured leg as well as the threats to his life.
He called on his party faithful to free themselves from the fear of death if they wanted to live freely.
“Fear makes an entire nation into slaves,” he said, referring to the incident of Imam Husain’s martyrdom and how the people of Kufa did not come to his help due to fear of reprisal from the authorities.
Former prime minister Imran Khan said that the country’s current problems are not due to a lack of resources but no rule of law since the beginning.
He particularly hit out at the Sharif and Zardari families and accused them of making decisions and key appointments in their favour instead of the national interest.
Imran said prosperous societies had a rule of law while developing countries were afflicted by no regard for the law which explained their problems.
Khan said the nation stands at a “defining point” and “crossroads” with two paths before it.
Addressing the charged crowd in Rehmanabad, he said one path was one of blessings and greatness while the other path was of humiliation and destruction.
Berating the – rulers and allies – of the incumbent government, Imran Khan said that there was no stone left to dishonour me. He added, "I am here today to tell you [PTI’s supporters] that the country is standing on the historic moments.
The former premier said that in the societies where there is no rule of law and justice decline. He claimed that first the rulers of the incumbent government were called ‘thieves’ and then they were given NRO behind closed doors. He told his supporters that fear makes people ‘slaves’.
PTI chief alleged that all those quarters saying his party had concocted a “false narrative”, around a US cypher and a subsequent regime change conspiracy to remove his government, were actually part of the conspiracy itself.
Imran questioned whether the cypher in question did not exist or was not put before the National Security Council or whether US ambassador Donald Lu had not had a conversation with Pakistan envoy Asad Majeed.
“Didn’t the NSC say protest against America and send them a demarche … When all this is the truth then how can someone say this was all a drama?”
Former premier rued that he had failed in one thing during his 3.5 years of government, which he said was to bring the powerful under the law.
He lamented that the National Accountability Bureau and other institutions were not truly under his control and received orders from behind from somewhere else.
“The ones who had control never gave an order [to proceed with investigations]. Instead of putting them (criminals) in jails, they (the establishment) were making deals with them.”
Imran said those “who had power” did not consider corruption to be wrong.
PTI chief claimed that his party was the first to realise the dangers of climate change and work in this regard.
Imran said his government had planted trees under the Billion Tree Tsunami and Ten Billion Tree Tsunami programmes to tackle climate change.
PTI Chairman lauded his government’s performance in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and credited its decisions with taking the country out of that crisis.
He said the opposition relentlessly criticised him and called on him to impose a lockdown but could not respond to his questions about what would happen to daily wagers and labourers as a result.
Imran then recounted his government’s economic performance and initiatives such as the health card.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan landed in Islamabad on a speical plane and travelled to the PTI long march site in Rawalpindi on a helicopter as caravans started to pour in from different parts of the country into the garrison city on Saturday.
Earlier, Imran Khan departed to the old airport of Lahore from his Zaman Park residence to board his private jet to fly to Rawalpindi.
The traffic on routes leading to the old airport has almost been reduced to zero.
The security checking of Imran’s jet has been completed. The PTI chief will reach Rawalpindi via Islamabad Airport.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is all set to hold its long march today (Saturday) in Rawalpindi. However, the Islamabad administration has decided to deal sternly if the marchers enter the federal capital.
Islamabad police fully prepared
The Islamabad police is fully prepared to deal with an iron-hand with the participants of PTI long march. The administration has provided the security personnel tear gas and rubber bullet guns.
Meanwhile, the CTI administration has also extended a ban on keeping and displaying arms at public places for another two months.
On the other hand, Murree Road going to Faizabad has been closed by putting up containers.
However, the commuters could reach Rawalpindi and Islamabad by taking Old Airport and Shamsabad routes.
The Islamabad police on Friday has rejected the PTI request to allow PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s helicopter to land at Parade Ground.
The Islamabad deputy commissioner said that the administration did not receive an official undertaking, that’s why it did not allow the landing of the PTI chopper.
Special lift being installed on stage for Imran
Meanwhile, a special lift has been installed for PTI Chairman Imran Khan to reach the stage.
After Islamabad administration refused to allow Imran’s helicopter to land at Parade Ground, the PTI chief’s chopper would land at Arid Agriculture University in Rawalpindi.
According to metro bus administration, the Metro Bus Service will remain suspended today.
Rallies start reaching Rawalpindi
PTI leader Asad Umar tweeted today that convoys from many areas of Pakistan have reached and many are reaching Pindi. In Sha Allah, it will be a historical gathering.
PTI leader Dr Yasmeen Rashid is leading a rally of the party from Lahore. Her caravan is heading towards Rawalpindi.
A caravan consisting of hundreds of vehicles under the leadership of Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid has reached Murree Road through Sadr.
The PTI GB rally has entered the limits of Rawalpindi and soon it will reach the venue of public meeting.
Another rally under the leadership of Pervaiz Khattak will depart from Peshawar toll plaza to participate in the Haqeeqi Azadi March.
The PTI workers have started assembling at the toll plaza and soon the procession would start its march towards Rawalpindi.
Imran may travel to Pindi in special plane
Imran Khan may travel to Rawalpindi in a special plane instead of a helicopter. A private jet belonging to Vision Air charter company has landed at Lahore International Airport.
The process of the private plane’s security checking has been completed.
Doctors to accompany Imran Khan to Pindi
A team of doctors will accompany PTI Chairman Imran Khan to Rawalpindi where the party is staging a power show today.
Imran Khan will depart from his residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park at 1:00 pm amid tight security.
Sources earlier disclosed that the PTI chief will take off for Rawalpindi in a helicopter from Lahore’s Old Airport.
A team of doctors will carefully examine Imran Khan before his departure from Lahore.
Imran Khan is keeping an eye on the long march developments from his Zaman Park residence and will contact PTI leaders for consultations.
Mega stage ready for long march
A huge stage has been prepared in Rawalpindi from where the PTI leaders including Imran Khan will address the long march participants, sources said.
The stage is 80 feet wide, 40 feet long and 20 feet high. A 200 feet long ramp was also arranged for Imran Khan.
Two parking points have been set up for marchers – one is located at Civil Aviation Authority’s ground on Rawal Road and the other is located at Degree College on Fifth Road.
The caravans travelling through Islamabad and coming from the GT Road will use Rawal Road parking.
The convoys coming through Motorway will reach the long march site by travelling on IJP Road through Fifth Road.
Bomb disposal squad
A team of bomb disposal squad reached the site of PTI’s long march in Rawalpindi and started screening of the area.
The personnel were using sniffer dogs and other modern equipment for the screening.
Rana Sanaullah's last-minute appeal
While addressing a presser on Friday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah advised PTI chief Imran Khan to postpone his party’s long march in Rawalpindi on November 26 as there are threats of suicide attacks in the public gathering.
Rana Sanaullah further said that the government had sent a letter to PTI leader Asad Umar, detailing the threats to the PTI long march in Rawalpindi tomorrow. “According to the agencies’ reports, Imran Khan is in danger and can become a victim of any possible terrorist activity in the meeting, he added. Interior Minister further stated said that if PTI leader Asad Umar wanted to verify the threats, he could verify from the agencies.
Sanaullah said that Imran Khan’s march aimed at destroying Pakistan politically and economically. Imran Khan has still time to postpone the public gathering as he could not get anything from the march, he hinted.
He said that the PTI long march has lost its effectiveness now and Imran Khan would not get a date for the elections now. "The establishment did not get you an election date as the establishment would not be bow before your blackmailing anymore, he added.
Sanaullah advised Imran Khan for becoming a mature politician and said to meet his fellows like Zardari, Fazlur Rehman, Akhtar Mengal, Khalid Magsi, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, and discuss the elections with them. “You can even meet Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif, they won't refuse," he added.
The Interior Minister again asked PTI Imran to come back to the parliament so that the country can move forward. “If Imran Khan failed to do so, he would be considered responsible for everything including inflation, economic disaster, and political turmoil in the country,” he added.
He also discouraged people from attending the march, saying it was not a movement for “Haqeeqi Azadi but to create instability in the country”.
Reporters Saud Butt., Amir Shehzad, Gauhar Masood, Faseehullah