Listen Carefully, The Things I Know…

'Pay attention, things I know...': Imran Khan warns Pak's ISI

Imran Khan addressed his party supporters in Lahore.

Lahore/Islamabad:

Imran Khan said on Friday he would remain “silent” as he did not want to “harm” the country and its institutions, a day after the ISI chief said he had made a “useful offer” to former prime minister Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed. Bajwa for supporting his government during the political turmoil of March this year.

Addressing his party’s supporters at Lahore’s famous Liberty Chowk after starting a protest march towards Islamabad demanding early elections, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief said his march was not about politics or personal interests but to achieve true freedom and ensure that all decisions are taken. said. Not in London or Washington, but in Pakistan.

“My only aim is to liberate my nation and make Pakistan a free country,” Khan said, standing on top of a container.

In an unprecedented press conference on Thursday, Khan dismissed ISI chief Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum’s allegations as one-sided and that he was “only talking about Iman Khan” and did not say a single word against “thieves” in the government.

“DG ISI, listen carefully, what I know, I am keeping quiet for my institutions and my country. I don’t want to harm my country,” the PTI chief said as the crowd cheered.

“Our criticism is for constructive purposes and for your improvement. “I can say more, but I won’t because it will harm the institution,” he said.

Lt Gen Anjum said on Thursday that Army Chief General Bajwa was given a “lucrative offer” by the then government during the political turmoil in March. General Bajwa will step down next month after a three-year extension.

The intelligence officer’s unprecedented press conference comes at a time when the country is grappling with different versions of the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya and indirect allegations against the armed forces. Sharif was shot dead at a police station an hour from Nairobi on Sunday night, causing a storm in the country.

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Kenyan police later said it was a case of “mistaken identity” while searching for a similar vehicle involved in the child abduction.

Addressing his supporters, Khan said that unlike Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, he was “not a fugitive who can sit quietly here or criticize the military in London”.

“I will not leave this country. I will live and die in this country,” the PTI chief added.

“If the rulers and aides of these imported government thieves think that we should accept them (the government), then listen, this nation will make all sorts of sacrifices, but will never accept these thieves,” he said.

Khan also promised that the march would be peaceful. “Our march will be within the law, we will not break any rules. “We will not enter the (strong security) Red Zone and will only go to areas designated by the Supreme Court for protest,” he said.

He also expressed hope that the Supreme Court failed to protect the constitutional rights of his supporters during the May 25 protest, but that “our rights will be protected this time.”

Khan, 70, plans to visit Islamabad on November 4 and has sought official permission from the government to hold his party’s protest. His party called the protest the “Hakiki Azadi March” or the protest for the country’s true freedom.

It is unclear whether he will leave after the rally or whether his supporters will turn it into a sit-in, following the example of the 126-day protest in front of the parliament building in 2014.

The government rejected the march, with Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb saying the people refused to bow to a “foreign-sponsored” instigator and rejected the “bloody march”.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told a press conference with FBI officials in Islamabad that Khan had tried to “intimidate” the government and institutions to “get an election day” but failed.

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According to the minister, after all the PTI chief’s tactics failed, he has now resorted to a long march.

“He talked a lot and used the word ‘neutral.’ But when all that failed, he had no choice but to try something else,” said Sanaullah.

He warned that “strict action will be taken if they violate the law and try to restore order in the capital.” Sanaullah added that if the PTI keeps its commitment to stay in the places allowed by the Supreme Court, there is no one. would prevent them from exercising their democratic rights.

Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman Khan claimed that she believes she is “above the law and the Constitution” as she accused the PTI chief of feeding people with lies.

Rehman said that Imran is a “fascist” who considers himself a “king”. “That’s why it leads people to violence,” he added.

PTI General Secretary Asad Umar had earlier told the media in Lahore that the protest would be peaceful. According to him, the party decided to dedicate the march to the murdered journalist Sharif.

The country was grappling with differing versions of the killing of journalist Sharif in Kenya and indirect allegations against the armed forces.

According to former information minister Fawad Chaudhry, PTI has only one agenda in its long run – fresh elections.

The PTI leader told Dawn News that the people of Pakistan wanted fresh elections. “People came out in hundreds and thousands. This is our struggle for real freedom,” he said.

He said that he is facing a “flood of people” that no one can resist the “leaders” of the current government.

“Their rulers, listen carefully. This is a flood of people and no one can stand against it,” he said to the protesters as his procession reached Ichra in Lahore.

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During a brief pitstop at Lahore’s Ichra, Khan delivered another impassioned speech, this time targeting the government.

“They steal money, go abroad, come back after receiving NRO and return [to power] again, Khan said over his container as Shah Mahmood Qureshi stood behind him.

“What do they think of us? Are we Bher Bakrian? “They steal billions of money from our country and make people who live in palaces in London as prime ministers,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has ordered TV stations not to telecast live programs and other content, especially speeches and long marches of PTI leaders.

Pemra said while monitoring Friday’s broadcasts, it had observed “messages against government institutions live on air” in the speech, in violation of the code of conduct and court orders.

He directed TV stations to “avoid airing that content.” [is] slandering/shaming government institutions (inadvertently or inadvertently) and making their editorial boards, directors (news and programming), bureaus and field reporters feel compelled to follow these directives.

Pemra warned that if the requirements are not met, legal action will be taken which will lead to suspension and cancellation of licenses.

Khan has been demanding early elections and has threatened to stage a protest march towards Islamabad to force his demands if the government fails to announce a date for the elections. The term of the National Assembly expires in August 2023 and new elections must be held within 60 days.

Khan, who was ousted in April after losing a no-confidence vote in his leadership, spoke of a “threatening letter” from the US, claiming it was part of a foreign conspiracy because it was unacceptable. conduct an independent foreign policy. The US has categorically denied these accusations.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published on a syndicated channel.)

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