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Army to be destroyed if establishment doesn’t take right decisions: Imran Khan

PTI Chairman warns that if the establishment did not take the right decisions, Pakistan would become bankrupt, lose its nukes, and the army will be destroyed.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday warned that the establishment and the army [before anyone else] will be destroyed if the establishment doesn’t take the right decisions.

In an interview with anchorperson Sami Ibrahim for Bol News programme Tajzia, Khan said, “Pakistan is going towards bankruptcy. If that happens then which institution will be the worst hit? The army. And then what concession will be taken from us? Denuclearisation.”

The former Prime Minister said that if Pakistan were to lose its nuclear deterrent capability, as Ukraine did in the 1990s, it would be fragmented into three pieces. “If the right decisions aren’t made at this time then the country is going towards suicide,” he warned.

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“Indian think tanks abroad are mulling to separate Balochistan, they have plans. If the right decisions aren’t made at this time then the country is going towards suicide, this is why I am putting pressure,” Khan said without mentioning who he is pressurising.

Khan said the country would go towards civil war if elections were not announced, adding that there was “no question” of returning to the National Assembly. He said it would mean that he accepted the “conspiracy” that had removed his government.

The former PM said he was waiting for the Supreme Court to decide on his party’s plea to protect the protestors, and he would then issue the date for the next march.

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The PTI chief admitted that his government had the responsibility but not power or authority. He said he did not enjoy absolute power as the prime minister and said, “everyone knows” where the actual centre of power lay.

Khan said he had “clearly told the neutrals” that “if this conspiracy [to remove my government] is successful then our economy will go into tailspin.”

The PTI Chairman said it is a “trial for the establishment” as the country stands on the cusp of a “defining moment.” “Everyone knows they’re the powerbrokers, so they’re on trial. This is a trial of the judiciary and the Supreme Court [as well].”

Khan faces backlash

Condemning Imran Khan’s statement regarding the country splitting into three pieces, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Imran Khan is “making naked threats against the country,” and warned him against “talking about division of Pakistan.”

Earlier, PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari said, “No one can talk about fragmenting Pakistan. This is not that language of a Pakistani but that of [Indian PM] Modi.”

Meanwhile, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique demanded Imran Khan to elaborate on what right decisions the “army” needed to make.

PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry told Geo News that only a mentally ill person could talk this way. “Now it’s time to take action against Imran Khan, Supreme Court has sought reports regarding violation of its order in Azadi March, therefore I hope institutions will also play their role against him.”

Prominent anchorperson Kamran Shahid said, “If today establishment leave neutrality and let Imran to rule only then Pakistan be saved? Highly selfish and condemnable approach to come to power!”

In response, Editor in Chief of Bol News Amir Zia said a couple of channels, including Geo News, twisted Imran Khan’s interview. “Former premier highlighted efforts by hostile powers to divide Pakistan. Reporting out of context is dishonesty.”