Imran: Army chief ‘clearly has some problems with me’

Imran Khan IHC

Says Jinnah House attack brought disgrace to country

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that he has had “no dialogue” with the military since violent protests broke out in the country following his May 9 arrest.

“The current army chief clearly has some problems with me,” Imran told news agency AFP at his Lahore home late Thursday. “I don’t know what will happen in the future, but right now there’s no dialogue.”

Hours after repeating accusations that a top intelligence officer was involved in a No

vember attempt on his life, Imran was last week swarmed by paramilitary troops and arrested on graft charges.

He said the PDM government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is “scared” to face his party in general elections due no later than October.

“Our party has been facing a crackdown really for one year,” said Imran, seeming tired but resolved, sitting between the twin draped flags of Pakistan and PTI.

Meanwhile, speaking to media on the occasion of his appearance in the Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore on Friday, Imran Khan denounced attack on the Jinnah House saying it has brought a disgrace to the country, adding that it should not have happened.

Imran Khan said that he condemns the Jinnah House attack. “I have condemned the attack before and every Pakistani is condemning it.

What happened, it should not have happened,” he maintained.

He said that he opened his house to the media. There is no truth in the talk of terrorists staying there. The PDM’s actions and human rights violations only brought disrespect to the country.

The country cannot run in an atmosphere of fear. By arresting

7,000 people, the PDM government has trapped itself. On this basis, I had said that things would be fixed in a week, he uttered.

Khan further said: “The party which has the vote bank, cannot be defeated. For a party having such a big vote bank, doesn’t bother who comes or goes.

One-sided negotiations cannot happen. We have been talking about negotiations for the past 11 months.”