Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has denied that a deal with the establishment has been reached, claiming that he terminated the “Azadi March” merely to avoid bloodshed.
“Our demonstration was peaceful, but the government turned it violent.” Police halted a bus full of lawyers in Lahore, took them out, and thrashed them. “The administration brought in selected personnel who committed atrocities, including the inspector general of police,” the former prime minister stated at a news conference here on Friday.
“What type of anti-national police would use violence against women and children in their own country?” Imran added, slamming the cops.
According to the former premier, they were the target of a propaganda campaign.
Imran compared the ruling class to Yazid, claiming that they (the government) had faith in him. “In Model Town, fourteen people were slain, but no one was prosecuted. They would not have perpetrated such atrocities if they had been punished.”
On June 17, 2014, a violent fight between Punjab police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) members occurred in Model Town, culminating in the deaths of 14 demonstrators by police shooting.
Even though police officials were given a court order by PAT leaders stating “due to terrorism issue place security barriers in front of Minhajul Quran and the residence of Qadri,” the standoff lasted nearly 11 hours when the police’s anti-encroachment squad launched an operation to remove the barriers from the road leading to the offices of Minhajul Quran and the residence of PAT founder Muhammad Tahirul Qadri in Model Town, Lahore.
Imran reassured his fans that he was the same leader who earlier held a 126-day sit-in and that repeating the feat during the “Haqeeqi Azadi March” in the federal capital would not have been difficult.
“I sensed the situation was bad when we got at the sit-in site.” I knew there was going to be bloodshed because the people were ready to fight. After being battered by the police, our people arrived to the sit-in site. They were enraged. That day, I’m sure there would have been violence and battles with the cops.”
Gullu Butts, he claimed, had been installed by the government. Gullu Butt, a member of the ruling PML-N, was the one who led the attack on the PAT workers. “It’s not the police’s fault that it’s being exploited.”
“If we had a clash, the country would be at a loss,” the PTI chairman remarked. No one should think we were weak or incapable.
Imran stated that he would give the government six days to announce the election date and dissolve the legislatures. “If our demands aren’t satisfied, we’ll go out again, but this time we’ll be prepared because we weren’t expecting to be in this scenario.”
He claimed that despite the Supreme Court’s order, obstacles to their sit-in were not eliminated.
“The employees took them away.” “I salute my employees.”
Imran claimed that he had addressed a letter to Pakistan’s top justice, requesting that he clarify his position. “We’ll know whether the Supreme Court preserves our rights in six days or not.”