Pakistan

No contact with establishment now: Imran Khan

LAHORE: Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Friday clarified that he is not in contact with the establishment “for now”.

Speaking to senior journalists at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore, Khan said: “The establishment is a reality and only it can play its role for the supremacy of law,” he added.

“I used to stay in touch with [former chief of army staff General Qamar Javed] Bajwa, however, he always asked me to think in a particular direction,” he said in line with his claims that the ex-COAS always advised him to focus on economy instead of his opposition parties and their accountability.

Imran Khan, who was removed from power through a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly in April, said that the person holding the top office in the armed forces is “everything”, claiming that Gen Bajwa called then-opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif while he was in jail on account of his money laundering case to inquire about his well-being.

“If [Gen] Bajwa wants to inquire about Shehbaz when he is in custody then what is the fault of other prisoners,” he questioned.

In response to a question regarding the ongoing political crisis in Punjab and the Pakistan Democratic Movement-led government’s decision to hold general elections as per schedule, the PTI chief said the coalition government wants to delay general elections.

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