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Imran Khan lashes out at govt for trying to block his second flood telethon

Imran Khan said the government "stooped to new levels of low" when they tried to blackout his second telethon.

PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has lashed out at the incumbent government for attempting to block his second live fundraising telethon yet again.

Taking to Twitter, the former premier in a series of tweets, revealed that the incumbent government tried to blackout his telethon. He revealed that the TV channels were pressurized not to air the telethon. However, when the channels continued to do so, the government allegedly threatened cable operators.

Imran Khan said the government “stooped to new levels of low” when they tried to blackout his second telethon. Pertinent to mention that the Islamabad High Court had earlier suspended the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (PEMRA) notification which prohibited television channels from airing Imran Khan’s live speeches.

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“Imported government of cabal of crooks and their handlers stooped to new lows last night when they tried to blackout my telethon for flood relief fundraising. First, they pressured channels not to air the telethon. When some channels continued to air the telethon they threatened cable operators,” Imran Khan said.

“This shows how petrified they are of our rising popularity amongst the nation. Also, they know no one trusts them with their money given their record of loot and plunder. So they sought to deny fundraising to aid flood victims just to get at me and my party. Unbelievable callousness,” the former premier added.

Imran Khan’s second telethon

Imran Khan on Sunday held a second telethon to raise funds for the flood victims. Inbound and overseas Pakistanis donated wholeheartedly to the flood victims.

The first telethon raised over Rs5 billion in donations in just 3 hours long flood telethon, and so far, over Rs3 billion have been collected. The second telethon raised Rs 5.2 billion in two hours, as revealed by Imran Khan. He thanked all his supporters for the donations.

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“Despite all this, we managed to raise Rs 5.2 billion in just 2 hours. I want to thank everyone who pledged including our overseas Pakistanis, especially those based in the US,” Imran Khan tweeted.