Islamabad, Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, currently serving jail, spoke at a press conference, which was held in the high-security Adiala Jail,Rawalpindi. He stated he doesn’t want to work together with the major political parties in Pakistan to form a union government. Imran Khan, founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party formed in 1996, called the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) the “biggest money launderers” who might come into power.
Allegations of Rigged Elections and Money Laundering
71 years old Imran Khan, stated that the recent elections were unfair because of cheating, and expressed worries about the stability of the country. Highlight the importance and need of transparent elections, he claimed that the Sharif family, particularly Nawaz Sharif, is the “biggest money launderer” in Pakistan. According to him, there will be attempts to bring down a money laundering syndicate to power, and he shows concerns about the impact on the nation’s economy.
No Coalition with Main Parties, Willingness to Engage with Others
Khan categorically stated that there would be no alliance or talks with the PML-N, PPP, and MQM. However, he expressed a willingness to engage with all other parties and groups, indicating a selective approach to potential coalition partners. Imran Khan directed PTI Information Secretary Raouf Hasan to bring together all parties, excluding the three mentioned, for discussions on government formation.
Challenges to Election Results and Supreme Court Appeal
Claiming that both Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz lost the elections, Imran Khan declared that PTI would be the first to challenge the election results. He claim that the their party would approach the Supreme Court to address alleged irregularities and ensure the fairness of the election process. The former cricketer-turned-politician highlighted his confidence in PTI’s victory, citing Nawaz Sharif’s postponement of a press conference as an indicator.
Instructions for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Legal Developments
According to sources, Imran Khan instructed to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) about the Chief Minister position in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the party is positioned to form the government. The former federal minister Ali Amin Gandapur has been nominated as the PTI candidate for the post.
In a parallel legal development, the Lahore High Court dismissed over 30 petitions filed by PTI-backed independent candidates challenging the victory of PML-N leaders, including Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz. The court advised the defeated candidates to seek redressal from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding alleged rigging in the February 8 general elections.
Imran Khan’s firm stance against coalition talks with certain parties, coupled with allegations of election rigging and money laundering, sets the stage for a complex and contentious post-election period in Pakistan. The legal challenges, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the Supreme Court appeal indicate a rigorous pursuit of fairness and justice by the PTI amidst the evolving political landscape.
Andy Roberts is a seasoned journalist with nearly 9 years experience. While studying journalism at Ryerson, Annie found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to White Pine Tribune, Annie mostly covers provincial and national developments..