Imran Khan’s ‘trust’ in judiciary crumbles after PTI’s ‘dismantled’

Ousted premier claims PTI will bounce back in Feb 8 polls via “Plan C” despite losing ‘bat’, ‘batsman’ signs

Former prime minister Imran Khan arrives at an Islamabad court for a hearing in this file photo. —AFP
Former prime minister Imran Khan arrives at an Islamabad court for a hearing in this file photo. —AFP
  • NAB, FIA, ACE, others part of “London plan”: Imran Khan.
  • Urges conduct of transparent elections to stabilise country.
  • “Plan C” will work after PTI lost “bat”, “batsman” signs”.

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan said Tuesday that his trust in the judiciary has crumbled after his entire party was “dismantled” ahead of the February 8 general elections.

The former prime minister, who was removed from power via a parliamentary vote in 2022, in an informal conversation with journalists in a courtroom, expressed his thoughts over the Supreme Court’s verdict that cost his party’s iconic ‘bat’ symbol and PTI candidates left no option other than contesting the sought after polls independently and with separate electoral signs.

The PTI supremo said that his entire party had been dismantled, on the other hand, a case related to human rights was not being heard. He reiterated his demand to conduct public hearings of the cipher case and cross-examination of witnesses.

The cricketer-turned-politician alleged that all CCTV footage of the May 9 riots was “stolen” while nobody knew the whereabouts of the footage of the Wazirabad gun attack, an assassination attempt on Khan during PTI’s 2022 Azadi March.

He levelled a series of allegations on top institutions for being ‘part of the London Plan’, the much-touted conspiracy explained by the ousted prime minister with key components of his incarceration, dismantling of his party and dissolution of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif’s cases.

“NAB [National Accountability Bureau], police, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) and other (institutions) have been made part of ‘London Plan’,” the former premier claimed.

“I had held talks with then army chief General [Qamar Javed] Bajwa at the President House in which he asked to stop discussing cipher issue publicly. General Bajwa had stabbed me in the back,” Khan said, adding, “We have neither campaigned against the national institutions nor maligned the army, but only presented our stance before the nation.”

He continued that they also demanded to conduct an independent inquiry into the May 9 events — the day when Khan was taken into custody followed by ‘attacks’ on sensitive installations.

Khan, the only prime minister in Pakistan who had been ousted from office via a no-confidence motion, stressed holding fair and free elections to bring political and economic stability.

He was of the view that the way of holding elections in the current circumstances would never stabilise the situation in the country. He slammed authorities for using oppressive tactics against PTI leaders, workers and candidates who have now been barred from installing pictures of “prisoner number 804”.

To a question, Khan replied that the PTI has decided in principle to not issue party tickets to those leaders who conducted press conferences against the party. He denied allegations of threatening election commission members.

He said that there was neither “bat” nor “batsman” sign left for his party, however, he claimed that his party would bounce back in the February 8 polls through “Plan C”.

Moreover, the former PM praised Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed — arrested from outside a courtroom earlier today after his bail was rejected in a case related to the May 9 riots — for firmly standing with him during his entire tenure.

Answering another question, Khan said that he was not in contact with his wife, Bushra Bibi.

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