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Possibility of bloodbath during long march: Sheikh Rasheed

The former interior minister and head of the Awami Muslim League-Pakistan Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said that there was a possibility of bloodbath during the long march.

While speaking to media at his residence on Tuesday, Rasheed claimed that the situation of the country could get dangerous and only early elections could stop all the chaos.

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“All those people who sold themselves for twenty crores, were not able to offer Eid prayers in their areas. I was not even present at Roza-e-Rasool and there are already so many FIRs in different cities lodged against me. I am one of those four lucky Pakistanis who have offered prayers at the sacred places of Haram,” he said.

He also challenged the opposition to go out in the public anywhere in the world.

“They cannot go to Haley street London, Paris or anywhere in the world because Khan was exposing them for the last three years. If “they” have brought some other people into power, people might have less hate towards them but our people do not want to see these faces,” said Rasheed.

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The former minister gave the deadline of May 30 to sort everything out.

“I am giving thirty days [to the government] to give us the solution. Everyone should take a step back and think about peace or else the long march towards Islamabad could be ‘bloody’,” he added.

Earlier on Monday, Rasheed also gave an exclusive interview to Voice of America in which he claimed that Imran Khan was ready to sit with the opposition.

“Imran Khan is ready to sit with Shehbaz Sharif if the powerful quarters give the guarantee of early elections,” he said.

He also said that he was working to mend the relationship between establishment and Imran Khan, and if things went south, he would stand with Imran Khan.

“I started efforts yesterday to remove misunderstanding between them [PTI and the establishment]. I am in favour of peace with the army, but in case of ‘war’ I will stand by Imran Khan,” he said.

He also confessed that there were some mistakes in the past as his claim of no-trust motion failing badly was not right.

“I don’t know what happened but suddenly the whole Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and then Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) left us,” he said.

He clarified the stance of sitting with the opposition and said that Imran Khan did not want to shake hands with the leaders of Shehbaz Sharif’s coalition government. However, he added, there could be talks regarding elections if the establishment guarantees.

Rasheed further said that if Khan would be able to gather people in the millions, then his politics would survive and if it didn’t happen, then it was the end.

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