Aitzaz Ahsan, a senior barrister and PPP leader, has claimed that Imran Khan has simultaneously challenged the four invincible pillars of Pakistan’s politics; the US, the Army, the Judiciary, and the Sharif family.
The senior barrister, who is known for his expertise in legal matters and political analyses, made the hard-hitting statement while talking to a private media channel. The video clip of the interview is going viral on social media.
In the interview, Aitzaz Ahsan said the first pillar challenged by Imran Khan is the US which has interfered in Pakistan’s political matters ever since Pakistan joined the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) and the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO). He then called Army the second pillar and the judiciary the third.
“And the fourth is the Sharif family. The Sharif family is the license that lets you get away with anything, from escaping jail and going to London, to convicts giving speeches against the army and the judiciary,” Aitzaz Ahsan claimed.
— Hassan Khan (@hassan_k82) September 7, 2022
Imran Khan’s political struggle
PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister is currently immersed in an intense political battle. The former premier has been ruffling feathers owing to his hard-hitting speeches against the state institutions.
Imran Khan has often criticized the Army – which has urged politicians time and again to keep the armed forces out of political matters – resulting in strict action against him. Recently, he alleged the PPP and PML-N were opposing fresh elections because they wanted to “appoint an army chief of their choice” in November to save their skin in corruption cases — the PTI chief said that he had called for the selection of the army chief to be based on merit.
Similarly, Imran Khan has also made remarks against the judiciary which led to a court contempt case against him. The Islamabad High Court ruled that it will indict Imran Khan on charges of contempt of court relating to remarks made against the judge of a lower court, and charges against him will be framed on September 22.
Moreover, Imran Khan has been extremely critical of the US, refusing its appeasement and insisting on an “independent” foreign policy for Pakistan, and even went as far as to accuse the US of a conspiracy against him.
As for the Sharif family, Imran Khan’s whole political struggle centers around accountability and an end to the system that allows those accused of corruption to run scot-free.