by Hassan Abbas
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman has brushed aside a string of claims that his party has taken money from the establishment to topple the government, saying if it is proved that he has taken money from the establishment, he will say good bye to politics for good.
Imran Khan, in a speech in a press conference on Thursday which also drew in party central leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chaudhry Sarwar, claimed, “If we are ever de-seated from the National Assembly, we would be again in the assembly by winning the by- election.”
About the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he said the party should leave its “hypocrisy-based policy”. “The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz should stop defaming the Pakistan army.”
He claimed that it was Nawaz Sharif who had taken money and that in this regard an affidavit by retired General Asad Durrani was part of a Supreme Court record in the Asghar Khan case.
“We are struggling to bring about a change in the country in a constitutional way,” he said. He then congratulated the Supreme Court chief justice for the verdict on the Judicial Commission report.
The PTI chief criticised the Election Commission, saying it was proved in the findings of the Judicial Commission that the Nawaz League and the commission were involved in rigging. But he categorically said the current commission Justice Raza was never involved in the rigging because he has recently taken the charge of election commissioner.
He said he had sent a letter to the commission, talking of his “reservations” and admitted that his party would learn from past mistakes and perform better in future polls. He criticised ‘elements’, which, he said, wrongly used the name of former Inter-Services Intelligence Director General Shuja Pasha for his party’s 126-days-long protest sit-in outside the Parliament in Islamabad.
About the traders’ general strike expected on August 1 against the withholding tax on bank transactions, he supported their decision. He earlier chaired a meeting of the party’s district-level organisers. Party leader and former Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar also briefed the meeting about party’s performance.
Source: Business Recorder