Former prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that “no army or foreign country could safeguard democracy” in Pakistan.
In a video message posted on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s official Twitter handle prior to its rally in Peshawar scheduled for today (Wednesday), the former premier called for early elections, stating that only the people of Pakistan could safeguard their freedom and the sanctity of democratic institutions.
Imran furthered that a “grand conspiracy” had been imposed on Pakistan, referring to the joint opposition’s no-confidence motion which had resulted in his ousting.
The former PM on Sunday had vowed to begin the “freedom struggle against a foreign conspiracy” of regime change in Pakistan.
“Pakistan became an independent state in 1947, but the freedom struggle begins again today against a foreign conspiracy of regime change,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “It is always the people of the country who defend their sovereignty and democracy,” he added.
Responding to the call of the PTI chairman, large protests erupted nationwide as supporters and workers of the PTI took to the streets in a show of support for the ousted premier.
The former premier claimed he had evidence, stating a letter had been sent by former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed, after talks with the US assistant secretary of state for South Asia. The US, however, had categorically rejected Imran Khan’s allegations of a “foreign conspiracy”.