Imran Khan questions courts opening at midnight

PESHAWAR: PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan asked Wednesday why the doors of the courts were opened late at night before his ouster from office.

In Peshawar rally, a charged Khan questioned the opening of courts and told the respected judges that he had gone to jail — during the lawyer’s movement — for an independent judiciary.

“The courts were opened at night. Why? Did I break any laws?” he questioned as he claimed that since joining politics, he has never incited people against institutions.

The PTI chairman also warned that he was not that dangerous while he was part of the government, but now that he has been ousted, he will become “more dangerous” for the Opposition.

Khan said that every time a prime minister was ousted, people would celebrate it, but when he was removed from office, the masses registered a protest — referring to the Sunday rallies across the country.

“We will not accept an imported government and people have shown what they want by holding demonstrations against the move,” he said.

The PTI chairman maintained that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz are released on bail, while PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is an absconder, whose daughter — PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz — was also released from jail on bail.

“America has insulted Pakistan by imposing these bandits on us; Shehbaz Sharif is facing corruption charges of Rs40 billion,” Khan added. “Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was sacked through a conspiracy by the USA, but this is not the Pakistan of 1970. This is the new Pakistan.”

Lashing out at PM Shehbaz, Khan said: “He will not find a place to hide if I ask masses to stage protests.”

PM Shehbaz was sworn in as the prime minister on April 11, following the successful ouster of the PTI Chairman.

The former premier said that those who had hatched the conspiracy were very happy that he was ousted from the government. “I was not dangerous when I was part of the government, but I will be more dangerous now.”

Taking a jibe at JUI-F’s chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Khan said: “For 30 years, ‘diesel’ has been selling Islam but I thank Allah that it was me, a sinful person, who went to the United Nations to get a resolution against Islamophobia passed.”

Govt responds

Responding to Imran Khan’s fiery speech, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari took to Twitter and called out the PTI chief for criticising the country’s judiciary.

Bilawal noted that Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, President Arif Alvi, and ex-premier Khan had violated the constitution.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, PML-N Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal said that Imran Khan had subverted the Constitution.


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