PTI chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday he wants two million people to gather in Islamabad when he calls on his party’s supporters at an as-yet-undetermined date.
Addressing a cheering crowd chanting slogans in favor of the PTI chairman at a workers’ convention in Lahore, he said: “I want two million people to come to Islamabad when I make the call. I want that you all go out to the people and preach to them our movement for true freedom.”
He told party workers to go to their neighborhoods and inform people of the “conspiracy” that had been hatched to overthrow the PTI government in the form of a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly.
“When you go to people, you have to tell them that an imported government was brought in by a conspiracy […] it means the United States will control us through these minions and shoe shiners,” he said, referring to the old opposition that has since formed the new government.
Imran claimed that the leaders of the incumbent government would be easily controllable since their assets and wealth were hidden abroad. “They will enslave the whole country to save their plundered wealth. They will sacrifice the country for the interests of another.”
He maintained that the decision to oust him was born out of the fact that he wanted to follow an independent foreign policy that would benefit the people of Pakistan.
“The conspiracy was carried out because your Prime Minister said he wanted a foreign policy that would take into account only the interests of his people. That is why a conspiracy was carried out,” he thundered as party workers roared to chants of “imported government, namanzoor“.
Citing the example of former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, Imran said the United States and Britain had colluded to carry out a regime change operation.
“What was the plan? First they gave money to the media […] they slandered and brought charges against him. Then they bribed parliamentarians from his party to get them to switch loyalties. Then the opposition parties received money and were taken to the streets.”
He claimed that a plot similar to the one against the Mosaddegh government had been carried out against his own government.
“There have been campaigns in the media calling us the most incompetent government.” He urged party workers to update the people on the performance of the PTI government and how it has effectively managed the economy while successfully battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The PTI chairman also alleged that US embassy officials met with his party’s lawmakers, some of whom later became defectors. “When embassy officials meet [lawmakers], they discuss foreign policy. They met our people who knew nothing about foreign policy, but who they knew were unhappy with the party.”
He repeated that US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia Donald Lu had met the Pakistani envoy in Washington on March 7 and told him that a non-confidence measure would be filed against the PTI government.
“He knew in advance. He also said that Pakistan should suffer the consequences if it did not succeed. He said that the United States would isolate Pakistan and the European Union would also follow. But he said says if Imran Khan is deposed then Pakistan will be forgiven.”
He alleged that preparations were made in advance, adding that the non-confidence decision was filed immediately after the meeting was held. “It’s called a conspiracy. First a conspiracy is carried out, preparations are made and then there is interference.”
Imran went on to say that if this conspiracy succeeds, no prime minister would dare to stand up to foreign countries in the future. “This is a war for our freedom.”
He also reiterated his criticism of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, calling him an “agent of PML-N”. He accused Raja of targeting the PTI and called on him to resign.
“The CEC, the biggest political party, has no confidence in you. Therefore, you do not have the right to remain in your position and you should resign.
Imran also blasted the PTI’s alleged media blackout on mainstream TV channels and wondered why press freedom advocates weren’t opposing it.
“During our tenure in power, 80% of the programs were against our government. So why is there a media blackout now?” He asked.