No ties with new military leadership yet: Imran

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday that his party currently has no relationship with the new military leadership.

The deposed prime minister, speaking during an interview with BBC Urdu, denied links with army chief Gen Syed Asim Munir and claimed that the general elections will take place in April 2023.

Blaming former army chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa for “helping the government in ruling the country”, the PTI chief predicted that the government will now be “forced to hold general elections this April”.

“When they came into power, they ended their corruption cases worth Rs1,100 billion,” he said.

Censuring the incumbent government for the economic crisis in the country, he said that Pakistan’s economic conditions were never like this, emphasising that fair and transparent polls are the only solution to these problems.

The PTI chief added that the coalition rulers have kept themselves above the law and ended the corruption cases that they were booked in years back. “Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, and Maryam Nawaz — all of their cases have been forgiven.”

“Pakistan has been plunged into a quagmire. To save the country from a Sri Lanka-like situation, we need free and fair elections,” the PTI chairman said.