On March 12, Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a former Pakistani prime minister, said he had a backup plan in case he was detained. Without going into further detail, he said that the public would be informed of the strategy when it was suitable. According to a report by Geo News, he had previously postponed his party’s electoral rally in Lahore on the same day.
We have a plan ready in case I’m detained, and we’ll let the country know about it when the time is appropriate, added Khan.
He revealed that a strategy has already been made, but he did not give any further details at a time when Imran Khan’s arrest is a widely talked prospect. Moreover, Khan justified his choice to postpone the gathering, saying he was worried that the big turnout of PTI members might spark violence. After witnessing the PTI supporters’ large turnout, he admitted that he was concerned and worried that if everyone turned out, there may be bloodshed.
Attaullah, a PTI politician, vowed to launch “suicide assaults” against the Shehbaz Sharif government in June 2022 if Imran Khan suffered any injury. Even if a single hair on Khan’s head were to fall out, he pledged that his party members were ready to launch such attacks.
Khan had to postpone the demonstration because the caretaker administration in Punjab had implemented Section 144, which forbids public meetings, in the provincial capital. The gathering in Lahore on March 11 had been previously announced by the PTI leader, but it was prohibited due to worries following a Pakistan Super League (PSL) game in the city.
As the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders criticised the PTI leaders for cancelling the demonstration to maintain peace, PML-N Senior Vice-President Maryam Nawaz referred to Khan as a “jackal” for his choice. “People who cancel movements and choose to stay inside their homes due to the dread of the police are termed jackals,” she wrote on her official Twitter account.
Due to Imran Khan’s campaign for elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the ruling coalition’s efforts to postpone elections and prolong their rule as much as possible, Pakistan is currently experiencing political unrest and an economic crisis.
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