In a recent statement, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, urged party workers to lodge FIRs against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah across the country for threatening his life. Khan accused Sanaullah of preparing the ground for his political or physical elimination and labeled him a terrorist rather than an interior minister. Khan also named Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and a high-ranking intelligence official as the other two characters who are after his life. The PTI chief warned that events could spiral out of control if neutrals did not stop backing “thieves” and go for course correction immediately. He accused self-professed neutrals of violating human rights and helping the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government. Khan also reiterated his readiness to attend a multi-party conference (MPC) if convened to discuss the mechanism and date for elections. If elections are delayed beyond April 30, he warned that his party would resist any such move.
In his televised address, Khan also spoke about the government’s move to clip the chief justice’s suo moto powers, which he claimed was aimed at pressing the Supreme Court to fall in line on delaying elections in the country. He invited lawyers to play their part in saving their premier constitutional institution.
The statement by Imran Khan reflects the political tension in Pakistan ahead of the upcoming elections. It highlights the challenges faced by political parties and the threat to democratic processes in the country. The question remains whether Pakistan can hold free and fair elections in the face of such political turmoil and whether the country’s democratic institutions can withstand the pressure exerted on them by powerful political players.