Called-off Azadi March to avoid blood-shed, says Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that no negotiation with the government is possible and maintained that he called off the march to avoid blood-shed in the country.
Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Imran Khan said that we were not even allowed to hold peaceful protests, our workers houses were attacked in the dark of night.
“What kind of democracy is this where marchers were shelled with tear gas, manhandled and women were dragged along roads during the protest,” he added,
Chairman PTI said, “If I didn’t care about my people, there would have been a lot of bloodshed, hatred would have increased, but the police are also ours, so we decided to called-off ‘Azadi March’ for the sake of our country.”
He further said that no one should think that there was a deal between PTI and establishment, I am giving 6 days to the government, if the election is not announced then we will go for Azadi March with full preparation.
“No agreement has been reached between the establishment and PTI. News of negotiations and an agreement between the PTI and Establishment was baseless,” he added.
The PTI chairman added his party would be completely prepared before taking to the streets this time, adding that the PTI seeks the apex court’s protection.
He also warned the government of repercussions if it implements the same strategy of launching a crackdown in the next phase of the march.
“Our people will not be arrested from their houses, people were under the wrong impression that protesting was their democratic right,” the ex-premier said.
Imran Khan said that under the pressure of IMF, they have increased the price of petrol by Rs30 per liter. Foreign governments do not want Pakistan to stand on its own feet. We were also under pressure from the IMF to increase prices but we did not increase and gave relief to the people.
“Today the nation is paying the price of slavery but my Jihad is against the imported government and I will not accept slavery under any circumstances,” he said.
Although Khan stressed that he would not accept the current set-up, the ousted premier said that doors were open for negotiations, but a prerequisite for talks with the government would be that it holds snap elections in June.