Islamabad: Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan turned his guns at the political opponents, accusing them of conspiring for a clash between his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party and the powerful army.
Khan, who has announced that his objective was to gain Haqeeqi Azadi (real freedom) through the march which in his words was possible if free and fair polls are held immediately, also said that he was not against the establishment of the country.
Addressing his supporters in Gujranwala on the start of the fifth day of his protest march, Khan kept up his trademark vitriolic attack against his political opponents – former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari.
“They are conspiring for a clash between the PTI, which is the biggest political party of the country, and the military,” Khan alleged.
“Nawaz Sharif, I challenge you, when you come back, I will beat you in your own constituency,” he said.
He warned the former three-time prime minister that when he returns to Pakistan, “we will take you to Adiala jail from the airport”.
Sharif has mocked Khan for his long march turnout, saying the party could not even gather 2,000 people while claiming that it would amass one million protesters.
Sharif said he had informed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to not listen to any of Kha’s demands, no matter how many people he brought.
ISI chief Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum said on Thursday that Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was given a “lucrative offer” in March by the then government led by Khan amidst the political turmoil.