In his first address after being released on bail, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif of suppressing political protests and interfering with the judiciary, warning that democracy in the country is hanging by a thread.
Discussion on Key Issues
Addressing PTI workers in Lahore, Khan discussed several issues, including the ongoing Al-Qadir case, the role of the Pakistani army, and the need for electoral reforms. He also emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability in government.
Critical Moment for Pakistan
Khan’s address comes at a critical moment for Pakistan, with the country facing numerous challenges to its democratic institutions. The recent arrest of prominent opposition leaders has raised concerns about the government’s commitment to the rule of law.
Accusations Against the Government
Khan was himself arrested on Tuesday, but was released on bail later this week. In his address, he accused the government of using the judiciary as a tool to suppress dissent, warning that such actions pose a grave threat to democracy in the country.
Military’s Role in Politics
He also criticized the role of the military in Pakistani politics, saying that it should remain neutral and not interfere with the democratic process. This is a sensitive issue in Pakistan, where the military has a long history of involvement in politics.
Khan’s address also touched on the ongoing Al-Qadir trust case. Imran Khan rejected the charges, saying they were politically motivated and aimed at weakening Khan and his party.
Call for Electoral Reforms
He also called for electoral reforms, including the use of electronic voting machines, to ensure free and fair elections in the future. This is a long-standing demand of the PTI, which has accused the government of rigging previous elections.