‘Imported’ govt to be shown the door within 45 days, says Imran

Qureshi says PTI will not leave field empty for opponents in by-polls

Vowing to continue his struggle until the announcement of fresh general elections in the country, former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday predicted that the government would be sent packing in 30 or 45 days.

Talking to the media at his Bani Gala residence, the former premier said the only solution to the present political turmoil was announcement of immediate elections in the country.

“Seems like ‘powerful circles’ are also worried due to the ongoing political and economic turmoil in Pakistan,” he was quoted as saying. Imran reiterated that he would hit the streets again after the Supreme Court’s decision, adding that the long march’s date would be announced once the verdict comes in. Lashing out at the ‘imported government’, he said the country was being headed toward economic destruction. “How will the poor face the sky-touching inflation in July?” he asked.

To a question, Imran said that after being ousted as the prime minister, he had only two options:  to seek pardon from ‘powerful circles’ or to seek the masses’ support. “I chose the second option and contacted the masses.”

Earlier, the former premier alleged that efforts were underway to ensure the success of the present rulers in the upcoming general elections. On the other hand, senior PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his party would not vacate the field for opponents in the by-elections. Talking to the media after acceptance of nomination papers of his son Zain Hussain Qureshi for by-polls in PP 217 to be held on July 17, Qureshi said the PTI would continue its fight for the eradication of outdated system in the country. He also alleged that government resources were being utilised in the campaign of the PML-N candidate in the constituency.