Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan has urged his supporters to stage protests across the country against Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari’s ruling, rejecting Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) lawmakers’ votes during the election for the province’s chief minister.
Earlier, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Hamza Shahbaz retained the post of Punjab chief minister after defeating Pervez Elahi in the run-off election held in the provincial assembly.
Addressing his supporters via video link, the former premier said that he expects the Supreme Court to play its role in light of Hamza’s shock win in the election.
“I am in shock at what happened in the Punjab Assembly. Last night, Asif Ali Zardari reached Lahore. We knew that he will play a game. For 30 years, he has ruined the country. He buys democracy through black money,” he said.
“There was a market set up where the price of the conscience of public leaders and parliamentarians was ascertained. The way goats and sheep are sold … the same way members of the parliament were being sold.”
“I am telling the nation today. You have to do peaceful protest. Register your protest today so that they know the Pakistani nation is alive. Tell them that you won’t let these dacoits steal the mandate of the public,” he added.
He further said that it has clearly been written in Article 63-A that the parliamentary party’s head issues instructions for vote. “Shujaat Hussain’s letter is not valid.”