Imran hints at returning to NA

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Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan on Monday hinted at returning to National Assembly for caretaker setup, claiming to be in contact with “several Pakistan Muslim League-N lawmakers”.

“If we don’t return [to National Assembly] then they (government) will form the caretaker setup in consultation with Raja Riaz as they don’t have any ethics,” he said while talking to senior journalists in Lahore.

Imran said that they have a plan in place for National Assembly, saying that they were in contact with several PML-N MNAs. “Shehbaz Sharif is going to have sleepless nights… we will test them (PML-N MNAs) first then will add them [to party folds],” he said.

He said that “Bajwa doctrine” is still in progress and “political engineering” is taking place in the country.

Responding to a question about local body elections in Karachi, he said that Pakistan People’s Party cannot win without rigging but also admitted weak party structure in the city as the cause of poor performance in Sunday’s polls.

Imran said that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was supposed to increase petroleum prices but did not, therefore, he added, International Monetary Fund will not release funds and the foreign exchange reserve would deplete further by $2 billion.

He emphasised that the future of PML-Q was with PTI. “If PML-Q contests the election with the symbol of bat then they will win… I also want this coalition mechanism to end,” he further said.