Imran Khan calls for early polls, won’t back coup
By Rizwan Khatik - Thu Jan 12, 7:41 am
New Delhi: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan lashed out at the Pakistan government led by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, demanding their resignation. He said that early elections were the only way out of the country’s current crisis, but also added that he won’t support a military coup.
“I have been hearing ‘go Zardari go’ slogans. If you are serious, then resign from the Assembly and there will be an automatic situation for elections,” Khan said on Thursday.
Demanding fresh elections following the friction between the government and the military, Khan said that Pakistani don’t want dictatorship.
“We don’t back a military takeover. We are for free and fair elections. People do not want dictatorship, they want a democratic system,” he said.
He said that the present Pakistan government has affected democracy in the worst possible fashion and claimed that the system will not be affected if Zardari and Gilani resign.
He also alleged that PML-N President Nawaz Sharif helped the ruling PPP and that his demand for Gilani’s resignation was a drama. “Nawaz Sharif has actually helped the PPP. They had a compromise, it’s all a drama,” Khan said.
This came a day after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sacked the Defence Secretary Lt Gen(retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi, considered to be close to the military, raising fears of a coup.
Imran Khan claimed that Gilani could have sacked the Defence Secretary on the orders of Zardari. “The Prime Minister is a puppet of President Zardari. He cannot be doing this alone,” Khan said.
This has come at a time when Gilani and his government are already on a collision course with the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court called Gilani ‘dishonest and dishonourable’ on Wednesday.
The Gilani government has also been facing public anger over prices, shortages and corruption.