Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that he is willing to talk with “anyone who is in power” after the party’s key figures started defecting after the May 9 riots.
“I’m setting up a committee. It will discuss two issues with “anyone who is in power”; if it benefits “them,” I will resign from politics. Second, how would holding elections in October be advantageous for the country?” Khan asked his party workers.
“Please persuade us of these two points. I will step back and quit politics if they satisfy the committee that my leaving politics will serve the country, he added.
Following Khan’s detention in the Al-Qadir Trust case earlier this month, party members destroyed military installations, including the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi and the Corps Commander House in Lahore. As a result, a number of PTI officials have left the party.
The Imran Khan-led party has suffered a major defeat after PTI leaders Shireen Mazari and Fawad Chaudhry parted ways with the party.
With thousands of PTI workers incarcerated for their involvement in the vandalism, up to 30 PTI officials from all four provinces have departed, and more are anticipated to do the same.
The former prime minister said that “they” had benefited from the arson at the Lahore Corps Commander House (also known as Jinnah House) and had exploited it to target his party.
“Such a crackdown has never been seen in the history of the country,” he added.
“They have put everyone in the leadership, including those who are not even party members, in jail. They must say the key words, “I am leaving PTI,” in order to escape.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Maleeka Bokhari, Musarrat Jamshed Cheema, and other PTI leaders have all been detained again shortly after being freed on bail.
Khan said that he has instructed his followers to hide because of these worries. He said, “Anything they throw at me, I can handle. I’ll fight right up until the final ball.”
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