Govt hell-bent on disqualifying me from politics: Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan. — Twitter/@PTIofficial/screengrab 
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  • Says he would use bulletproof screens in rallies to keep away from any assault.

Referring to the a number of circumstances registered towards him throughout the nation, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday stated that all-out “efforts are being made to disqualify me from politics”.

In an interview with BBC, the previous prime minister stated “they’re making an attempt their greatest” to disqualify him forward of the final elections within the nation. He added that “new circumstances are being registered” towards him on each different day.

Responding to a query, Imran Khan, who was ousted from energy by a no-confidence vote in April final yr, stated: “There’s completely no case that may disqualify me.”

Toshakhana reference

It’s pertinent to say right here that Khan had been disqualified by the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) in Toshakhana reference on October 21, 2022. In August 2022, Nationwide Meeting Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf despatched a reference to the ECP underneath Articles 62A, 63A, and 223, in search of the PTI chief’s disqualification in mild of the Toshakhana rip-off.

The 28-page reference recognized 52 present gadgets of Toshakhana obtained by Khan, violating the regulation and guidelines, taken away at nominal costs and a lot of the items had been offered available in the market, together with some valuable watches.

The assessed worth of the items has been put at greater than Rs140 million. The items had been obtained between August 2018 and December 2021. On the following day, Khan challenged the decision within the IHC.

‘Prohibited funding case’

On October 11, the FIA booked the PTI chairman within the prohibited funding case because the company ramps up the investigation into the matter.

Within the FIR, the federal company alleged that the Abraaj Group transferred $2.1 million to the PTI account within the department of a financial institution located at Jinnah Avenue in Islamabad.

On August 22, 2022, the ECP, in a unanimous verdict, introduced that the PTI obtained prohibited funding. The case was earlier known as the “international funding” case, however later the election fee accepted the PTI’s plea to consult with it because the “prohibited funding” case.

The fee discovered that donations had been taken from America, Australia, Canada and the UAE.

The PTI obtained funds from 34 people and 351 companies together with firms, the ECP verdict acknowledged.

Along with this, the federal authorities had moved the Supreme Court docket (SC) in search of to provoke contempt proceedings towards Imran Khan for violating its Might 25 orders.

The ECP was additionally finishing up contempt proceedings towards Khan and different PTI leaders. The electoral watchdog issued arrest warrants for Khan, Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry and others for failing to seem earlier than the fee on January 10.

The LHC, nonetheless, suspended the arrest warrants issued by the ECP on January 16.

‘Harm has been achieved’

Speaking concerning the deepening disaster, Imran Khan stated that the one means Pakistan might get financial stability is thru free and truthful elections.

“The harm has been achieved. It’s only going to worsen — the longer this authorities stays,” he added.

The PTI chief feared that Pakistan might have a Sri Lanka-like state of affairs.

He was of the view {that a} authorities backed by widespread mandate can steer the nation out of the financial disaster.

‘Will use bulletproof display screen in rallies’

Khan stated that he “doesn’t really feel secure”, including that he would use bulletproof screens within the rallies to keep away from any additional assault.

“There isn’t any query of hiding,” he stated and vowed to exit for electioneering for the upcoming basic election.

In November final yr, Khan was injured after a person opened hearth at him in Wazirabad close to the social gathering’s reception camp, sending the close by individuals of the lengthy march right into a panic on November 3.

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