On June 16, PTI chairman Imran Khan attacked the government for "not having a plan" to address Pakistan's economic challenges. He expressed that if the incumbent coalition setup remained in power, the country might face a situation compelling it to "compromise on its sovereignty". "The direction in which Pakistan has headed, I fear that we will [meet the same fate as] Sri Lanka. There has been an economic collapse there and I fear that we are headed in the same direction," said Khan.
Islamabad: On June 15, PTI Chairman Imran Khan cautioned that the justice system in the country was under threat because of the new government in power. “There is no justice in the country; employees of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) are afraid, so only the judiciary can salvage the situation,” said Khan. “This is the biggest problem in the country and the justice system of the country is under threat. Those who are supposed to catch the thieves are saving themselves,” Khan added.
On Tuesday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah accused former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi of accepting Rs5 billion and hundreds of kanals of land from Bahria Town. The bribe was taken in return for "providing protection" to the real estate firm in a money laundering case during the PTI government, he alleged. Sanaullah also claimed that Imran, the prime minister at the time, had tasked Shehzad Akbar, ex-PM's aide on accountability, to resolve the matter.
Islamabad: On Monday, Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) leader Ghous Bux Mahar told the govt to come out of its “Imran” phobia and focus on performance. In the National Assembly’s budget session, he said that the targets eyed by the govt in the budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 are “unrealistic and unimplementable”. Mahar also added that the govt’s decision to hike petroleum prices had led to an increase in the rates of commodities across the board.
Islamabad: After Finance Minister Miftah Ismail presented the Pakistan Economic Survey, PTI Chairman Imran Khan maintained that the people of Pakistan would "now find out what inflation actually is." In a press conference, the former prime minister claimed that the incumbent government was the first in Pakistan’s history to increase inflation by such a high percentage within such a “short time”. He added that the current parties used to lament inflation during the PTI’s tenure, however, the prices would increase by “three times” now.
Islamabad: On June 8, PTI Chairman Imran Khan vehemently criticized the government and said the current rulers would "not do anything without the approval of the US". Khan also said, "they will 'not take a stand for the nation' as they have billions of dollars stored in foreign bank accounts, which they will protect at any cost."
Islamabad: On June 7, PTI Chairman Imran Khan warned the government that whether it put his party members in jail or employed other tactics, PTI's movement against the government would not stop. “The way they tortured us was not even witnessed during the martial law eras,” Khan told a gathering of lawyers at Bani Gala. “The government is trying to throw me in jail to stop our movement [...] but I am telling you, whether you put us in jails or resort to other measures, this movement will not stop,” the former premier said.
Buner: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday warned the government against filing a treason case against him after reports emerged that govt officials were mulling over the notion. Top federal government officials deliberated over going ahead with filing treason charges against Khan and the CM of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan, over PTI's May 25 "Azadi March". He said that he had "neither broken the law", "nor have any of his actions been against the law". He stressed that his 126-day sit-in in Islamabad was also "peaceful".
Shangla: On Thursday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan pledged to keep holding rallies and continue his anti-government campaign till general elections were announced. Addressing a jalsa in Shangla, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the former prime minister said that he was staying in the province for two more days to prepare everyone for the "Azadi March" anew. "I am strengthening all my organizations in the province and planning everything," Khan said.
According to Aaj News, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan was granted protective bail on Thursday in connection with lawsuits filed against the party's recent long march on Islamabad. Bail is set to expire on June 25. Khan had applied for bail at the Peshawar High Court, where he met with Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan. Khan and his party were charged with turning aggressive and clashing with law enforcement agencies after calling off the lengthy march on March 26 due to concerns that the situation was becoming dangerous.
Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, warned on Wednesday that if elections were not called, the country would descend into civil war. "We'll see if they let us go to elections through legal and constitutional procedures, or otherwise this country would devolve into civil war," he remarked in an interview with Bol News anchorperson Sami Ibrahim for the Tajzia show. Imran further stated that returning to the National Assembly was "out of the question" since doing so would entail "accepting the plot" that had deposed his administration.
Peshawar: On Friday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan denied rumors of his party striking a deal with the establishment and said that he ended the "Azadi March" to avert bloodshed. “I had observed the anger rising among people against the police after the things they did to stop the march. Keeping that in view, if we had continued to march as announced, the country would have plunged into chaos and anarchy,” he started in a press conference. The PTI chairman slammed the government for the “brutal” crackdown against the protesters, saying Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah deployed police officers of his choice to crack down on the PTI workers.
While workers and supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) awaited Imran Khan's arrival at D-Chowk for a planned sit-in on Thursday morning, the party chairman cut short his long march at Jinnah Avenue after addressing the people who had accompanied him from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The action sparked speculation of a behind-the-scenes 'intervention,' which may have forced Mr Khan to abandon his plan to reach the sit-in location he had stated just hours before while advancing towards Islamabad on a container.
On May 22, PTI chairman Imran Khan announced that his party's long march towards Islamabad for the country's "battle for real freedom" would begin on May 25. Addressing a press conference after his party's core committee meeting in Peshawar, the former premier said that the main demands for the march to the capital were the immediate dissolution of the National Assembly and a date for the next general election. He also told the military to stick to its stated stance of being "neutral".
Peshawar: On Sunday, taking a jibe at PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that the former premier was marching towards Islamabad "for no reason." Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, he said that no one could break the record of the long march set by his party during Khan’s tenure. “They are coming to Islamabad for no reason. A long march does not even hold the importance of two paisas,” Fazl said, adding that people would be “mad” to respond to the PTI's call for the long march.
On May 20, former prime minister Imran Khan said that he had called a session of the PTI core committee on Sunday in Peshawar to decide the date for his long march to Islamabad. Addressing a rally in Multan, former premiere said that the march could be held on any day between May 25 and May 29. Lashing out at the current government, he demanded that the National Assembly be dissolved immediately and a date for elections announced.
During an interview with the media in New York on Thursday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto created headlines in Pakistan by defending former Prime Minister Imran Khan's controversial travel to Russia. When questioned about Imran Khan's visit to Moscow, which had enraged western capitals, the foreign minister was speaking at a news conference at the UN Headquarters. The PTI chairman accuses the US of ousting his government because of its independent foreign policy, which the US denies. Bilawal Bhutto, Pakistan's youngest foreign minister, responded to the journalist with "maturity, grace, and patriotism," earning praise from officials and experts at home.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari defended Imran Khan's travel to Russia on Thursday, saying it is unjust to penalise Pakistan for this "innocent move." Following the conclusion of a two-day visit, the foreign minister spoke during a press conference at the UN Headquarters. Secretary of State Antony Blinken invited Bilawal to a meeting on world food security. The top Pakistani ambassador was questioned about the former prime minister's visit on February 24, the day Russia began its offensive in Ukraine, and how the current government planned to "correct the mistakes" of its predecessors.
As security in-charge of Imran Khan, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Asim has been assigned. PTI has delegated security to Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Asim, according to Shahbaz Gil's tweet. Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Asim will begin fulfilling his responsibilities by becoming a regular member of my team. Shahbaz Gil expressed optimism that retired Colonel Asim would work hard to fulfil the goals. Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Asim was a former SSG commando, as you may recall.
Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has fired a warning shot across the coalition government's bows, threatening to "sweep everyone away through a sea of people" if a date for new elections is not set. The intensified tone comes as the former ruling party continues to raise the stakes against the current dispensation, which is trying to force snap elections from Khan through the 'Azadi March,' a coalition of major political groups that ousted him from power last month through a vote of no confidence.
Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has reiterated his call for a long march on Islamabad on any day after May 20. He has also announced that the party will stage a sit-in in the capital that will last until a date for the next general elections is announced. He was speaking at a PTI power show in Attock on Thursday. Usman Buzdar, former Punjab chief minister, former ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Sheikh Rashid, Ali Muhammad Khan, and Shehryar Afridi, former special assistants Zulfi Bukhari and Malik Ameen Aslam, former provincial ministers retired Col Muhammad Anwar and Syed Yawar Bukhari, MNA retired Maj Tahir Sadiq, Jamshaid Altaf, Abrarul Haq, and a large number of party leaders were present.
Islamabad: on Monday, former prime minister Imran Khan explicitly called out the Biden administration for its involvement in a "regime change conspiracy" in Pakistan. Khan, in a tweet, asked the Biden administration whether its involvement in the "regime change conspiracy" had lessened or increased the anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. "My question for the Biden Administration: By indulging in a regime change conspiracy to remove a democratically elected PM of a country of over 220 mn people to bring in a puppet PM, do you think you have lessened or increased anti-American sentiment in Pakistan?" the PTI chairman said.
Islamabad: On Sunday, PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan defended Farah Khan, "absolutely innocent". Talking about her, a close aide of his wife Bushra Bibi, he said that the corruption quest against her was a "political vendetta" against him. "I want to ask NAB: the case that you have opened against Farah Khan — show it to anyone. Does this even merit a case?" he asked in a response to a question during a press conference.
Imran Khan, the PTI chairman, wrote letters to President Dr Arif Alvi and Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial on Saturday, requesting a public inquiry and the formation of a judicial commission to investigate the "threat letter," which he claims is evidence of a "conspiracy" to destabilise his government. Before his government was ousted by a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition, Imran had claimed that a senior official in the Biden administration told the former Pakistani ambassador to the US that if the no-confidence resolution passed, Pakistan would be forgiven, but otherwise the country would face dire consequences.
Imran Khan, the ousted prime minister, described the event of hooliganism at Masjid-e-Nabawi as a "public reaction" and said it was a "consequence" of their actions. On Thursday, when a group of Pakistani protesters entered Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madina to pay their respects at the Roza-e-Rasool, they yelled slogans against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his team, violating the sanctity of the holy mosque (PBUH). Following the occurrence, Pakistan's political and religious leaders, as well as people from other sectors of society, all condemned it strongly.
On Sunday, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal implicated former prime minister Imran Khan of "playing with Pakistan's interests" to keep his "failed politics" alive. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, he said the National Security Committee (NSC) twice rejected the chances of any foreign conspiracy, however, "Imran Niazi is playing with national interests to keep his politics alive". "If Pakistan wants to be a strong country, we need to have a strong economy," he said. "That can only happen when we align ourselves with the global economy," he added.
On Sunday, Noam Chomsky, a severe critic of US foreign policy, said that there was “no meaningful evidence of a coup" by his country against former prime minister Imran Khan. Responding to a left-wing blogger Chomsky said, “the US is powerful, but not all-powerful. There is a tendency to attribute everything that happens in the world to the CIA or some diabolical Western plan. There is plenty to condemn, sharply. And the US is indeed powerful. But it’s nothing like what is often believed.” Chomsky also maintained that he did not consider the cable of Pakistan's former ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed, as “substantial evidence” of American intervention for a regime change in the country.
Islamabad: On April 2022, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed that Rs980 million were spent on former prime minister Imran Khan's back-and-forth travel from the Prime Minister House to his private residence in Bani Gala via helicopter during his time in office. According to the detailed breakdown of expenses, the total expenditure from June 2018 to March 2022 was Rs984m — Rs512m for maintenance and Rs472m for "expenditure during flight". The helicopter was used for a total of 2,723 flying hours from August 2018 to March 2022 with an average cost of Rs275,000 per hour, the report said.
Islamabad: Courts work for 24 hours, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umar Ata Bandial said Monday in response to former prime minister Imran Khan's question. Imran Khan asked the court why the courts had to open at midnight on April 9 — the night he was ousted as the prime minister. "No one needs to point a finger at the courts," CJP Bandial said during the hearing on a presidential reference seeking interpretation of Article 63A of the Constitution of Pakistan. The top judge also said: "We don't care about what is being said on social media; [we] are the protector of the Constitution".
ISLAMABAD: On Monday, former prime minister Imran Khan responded to the Toshakana controversy and said those were his gifts, so it was his choice whether to keep them or not. "Mera tohfa, meri marzi [my gift, my choice]," the PTI chairman told reporters during an informal conversation. The issue came to light last week when Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reported that Imran Khan, during his term, sold Toshakhana gifts in Dubai worth Rs140 million.