Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has warned his rivals against “pushing him to the wall”, saying he will reveal the names of those allegedly involved in “intimidating” him and his supporters.
“I am being pushed to the wall through bogus FIRs of terrorism and others… journalists who speak in our favour are being subjected to victimisation. The more you suppress my party, the more we will rise,” he said while addressing a rally in Sargodha on Thursday.
“I have been tolerating this for the last months but don’t push me to the point where I expose all faces, who created all this mess for their vested interests.” “The more you try to subdue me, the more I will fight harder,” he added.
Without naming anyone, he claimed that four people conspired in a closed room to disqualify him.
“I have recorded a tape in which I have revealed the names of four people who conspired against me and planned to disqualify me. If something happens to me, that tape will be exposed to the public and then the public will not spare them. The election commissioner was asked to disqualify me in the (prohibited) funding case,” Imran claimed.
Separately, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday granted bail to PTI chief till September 12 against a surety bond of Rs100,000 in the terrorism case against him.
The hearing of the case had commenced around 10am but was adjourned till noon after the ATC had ordered the former premier to appear before the court for his bail plea hearing.
Imran Khan arrived at the Islamabad ATC amid tight security and the proceedings commenced under Judge Raja Jawad Abbas, who ordered the prosecutor to grant the PTI chairman interim bail in the four new charges added to the first information report (FIR) in the case.
The bail on the new provisions was granted against a bond of Rs100,000 as Imran’s lawyer Babar Awan ensured that the deposed prime minister was granted bail for all the sections under which he was charged with terrorism.
As the hearing resumed, Awan told the judge that “Imran Khan has reached the courtroom on your orders.”
He questioned if Imran Khan had “threatened to burn someone to death” and argued that lawyers had in the past been martyred but no action was taken, however, “a terrorism case has been made against the former premier”.
At this, the judge stated that final arguments will be heard in the next hearing and adjourned the case till September 12.