Former prime minister Imran Khan has said that he kept postponing the long march so that maybe “someone would understand” whereas Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has stated that the government would respond with full force if the long march entered Islamabad.
While addressing a press conference on Monday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that the by-elections were held in those constituencies where PTI was weak and the ruling coalition had fielded joint candidates to ensure their defeat.
Imran Khan said that the government had used the excuse of floods because it did not want to conduct elections. He said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the government had selectively held elections in weak constituencies and then PDM fought the election together.
Imran Khan, while thanking his voters and supporters, announced to challenge NA-237 election in Karachi.
Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry, Pervaiz Khattak, Shireen Mazari, Shibli Faraz, Umar Sarfraz Cheema, Haleem Adil Sheikh and Barrister Saif were also present in Imran Khan’s press conference.
The PTI chairman said that the nation wanted elections and did not believe in this imported government and assembly. He said that he was blackmailed for NRO but he did not give that. He also said that the present government was leading Pakistan towards default which is a national security issue.
Talking about arrest of Azam Swati, he said that PTI will take Swati’s torture case to the Supreme Court.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah warned the PTI chairman and said that the government will respond with full force in case the long march entered Islamabad.
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, Rana Sanaullah said that Imran started culture of bringing crowds to the streets, but the government knew how to end that.
Blaming Imran Khan of spreading anarchy, he said that Imran’s behavior was not in favor of the state. He said that ECP conducted the elections responsibly.
The interior minister said, “The government prioritized the state over its own politics and will protect the democracy and the rule of law,” further adding that anyone coming to occupy Islamabad was unacceptable.