Imran Khan says No to Shah, Yes to Kaira

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan Thursday night refused to talks with Pakistan People’s Party leader Syed Khurshid Shah, but said that he is open to the idea of Qamar Zaman Kaira representing the government-backed team of negotiators.

“Kaira is a ‘clean’ man…he says what he means. Khurshid Shah has NAB cases pending against him, how will he be able to stand against Nawaz Sharif?” he said addressing a crowd of supporters.

Imran also lashed out at Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai.

“I thought Achakzai was a conscionable man, but it appears he has sold his conscience for this brother’s governorship,” he said.

The PTI chairman also called out to citizens of Karachi, Lahore and other cities to join demonstrations and assemble in protest against the government.

In round two of his speech on Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a message to the United States government said it is interfering with Pakistan’s internal politics and should withdraw its statements regarding the ongoing political crisis.

The US State Department today in a statement lent support to Nawaz Sharif’s government, saying the “elected government is in place”.

Imran, however, said the government is a “servant of the US” that “policshes the shoes of the Americans”.

He said that he is familiar with the workings of the American and British democratic systems and said that the US would never accept a rigged election.

“If an election took place in the US and a Congressman said that a majority of the votes could not be verified, wouldn’t that constitute a full blown enquiry in America?” he asked.

Imran appealed to US ambassador Richard Olsen to convey his message to the State Department, and asled “if Pakistanis are children of a lesser god”.

“Why one law for us and another for you? Why are our democracies different?”

Urging Olsen to take back the statements of the US government, Imran said Nawaz is hiding behind the army and the US to protect his rigged election.

Thursday marked the eighth day of movement against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a campaign that has partially paralysed life in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi as containers and police personnel guard national buildings against charged protesters.

Although Imran is unflinching in his demand for the premier’s resignation, PTI sources say the party chairman has “no other option left” as his earlier calls for a civil disobedience movement and the mass resignation of PTI lawmakers from assemblies have yielded no results.

Imran rallied supporters with the aim to remove Nawaz as prime minister in protest of alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections. Journalists present in D-chowk — the final destination of the PTI sit-in — say that crowds are thinning as the drawn-out protest enters its eighth day.

Raging Imran vows to dharna till death

A visibly charged Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan blasted the government, resorting to curses and threats while calling for a nation-wide protest.

The PTI Chairman called on his supporters to expand the civil disobedience movement into all the provinces.

Imran threatened both the interior secretary and newly appointed IG Islamabad, warning that they should not think they would be spared.

Imran said he would personally take the new IG of Islamabad to jail if any of his supporters were hurt.

“In my passion, I may punch you!” the PTI Chairman said, adding that he would stay in the Red Zone, “for as long as I live”.

“It is our democratic right to protest…we are not breaking any laws. I request the Supreme Court to have these containers removed so that life can return to normal,” Imran pleaded.

The PTI Chairman also reiterated many points from previous speeches, including his principle demand: that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has to resign.