Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan has asked the state institutions as to why they allowed “criminals” to come into power by removing his government in April this year. Yet again referring to the military establishment as “neutrals” during a public event, the former prime minister also asked supporters to be wary of rigging by the “umpires” during upcoming by-elections in Punjab.
Addressing the party’s rally in Islamabad today, the former prime minister termed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders ‘corrupt.’ He said that people will not accept the “foreign conspiracy” and “these thieves” in power, adding that people have taken to the streets and they are sending the message through protests to the establishment that there is still time to save this country from criminals.
Further, he said that people will not accept those who worship money. “We will never accept this imported government […] no matter what tactics they employ, people will never accept them.”
Referring to the PTI’s ‘Azadi March’ that he had called off abruptly in May, he said that the incumbent government had wanted his party to clash with state institutions, but his decision to end the march had averted bloodshed. “I did not stage a sit-in because we knew that a sea of people will come out in the evening and there were chances of clashes as people were angry due to police crackdown on protesters.”