Imran says jail threats will not deter movement

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Government has put country’s future at stake

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has told the government that its threats to throw him and his party workers behind bars would not deter the PTI’s movement for “independence.” Imran, who was ousted from the prime minister’s office in April, told a gathering of lawyers in Bani Gala: “The way they tortured us was not even witnessed during the martial law eras.

The ex-prime minister was talking about the events leading up to May 26 when Khan had announced to call off his “Azadi March” as he feared further bloodshed. Ahead of him reaching Islamabad’s D-Chowk on the day, three people were killed a police constable and two PTI workers.

The government is trying to throw me in jail to stop our movement but I am telling you, whether you put us in jails or resort to other measures, this movement will not stop,” the former prime minister said. Khan vowed that PTI would not call off its anti-government movement and said that it would continue until the date for the next general elections is announced.

The ex-prime minister said he needed lawyers the most at this time to strengthen the movement. “It is the lawyers and the judiciary’s responsibility to ensure that the rule of law is upheld in the country. The PTI chairman said the “incumbent government was imposed on us through a conspiracy” and that was why his party was protesting. He told the gathering that this was a ”decisive” time for the Pakistani nation. Khan criticised the coalition government and said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shahbaz were about to be “convicted”.

The ex-prime minister said as soon as the incumbent government officials go out to meet the masses, they start chanting slogans of “traitors” to insult them.

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