Conspiracy being hatched to pit PTI against army: Imran

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PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday accused the coalition government of hatching a conspiracy to pit his party against the military.

“They have prepared a plan to crush the PTI,” he said in an address to supporters via video link.

Imran’s statements come after the government alleged that the ex-premier and other PTI leaders were spreading hate against the country’s institutions. On Tuesday, PTI leader Shahbaz Gill was arrested on charges of sedition and inciting the public against state institutions.

Gill presented in Islamabad High Court today where the police were granted the politician’s two-day physical remand.

In his address on Wednesday, the Imran said that a “frightening conspiracy” was being devised to present “Pakistan’s biggest political party and the army as opponents”.

“Let me tell you […] this plot is extremely dangerous and can damage the country,” he said, recalling that when the PTI came to power, the coalition government was “pained” to see his relationship with the army.

“This Nawaz and Zardari who are calling us traitors today went on international platforms and gave interviews against the army,” the PTI chief said and then went on to play clips of the coalition leaders’ past statements. “Today, it’s being said that we are against the army and now they’ve become the patriots who are calling us traitors.”


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