Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan slams opposition parties for seeking Supreme Court redress


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan lambasted opposition parties on Monday for turning to the Supreme Court for help instead of preparing for elections.

On Sunday, members of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party blocked a no-confidence vote against Khan in the National Assembly and pushed President Arif Alvi to dissolve the lower house. Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing in the case.

Attending a live broadcast ‘Aap Ka Wazir-e-Azam, Aap Kay Saath’ (Your Minister, With You) from Islamabad on Monday, Khan answered questions from the general public.

“Opposition parties are afraid of public reaction and are avoiding the elections they were calling for,” he said.

In order to increase his contacts with the population, he announced that he was participating in a protest meeting in D-Chowk, just outside the red zone of the capital, organized by his supporters. ”The peaceful protest will be held after Isha (night) prayers against betrayal by [opposition] politicians,” he said.

Khan also defended National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s decision to reject the no-confidence motion saying it was based on a “foreign conspiracy”.

”I want this trend to end where anyone with Rs 20 billion could overthrow the government. This is unacceptable and amounts to discrediting democracy,” he said.

He accused the opposition of using the money to buy the loyalty of provincial lawmakers in Lahore where the assembly would elect a new chief minister this week.

Speaking of new elections, Khan said he would interview all candidates for the candidacy of his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

Responding to a question, he dismissed the impression of being against any country. “I am not against any country. I am neither anti-Indian nor anti-American. But we can be against politics. I want friendship with them and there should be respect,” he said.

But was quick to add that he was against countries disrespecting other sovereign countries and simply issuing orders, an indirect reference to the United States. Khan’s comments came a day after he named top US diplomat Donald Lu as the person allegedly implicated in the “foreign plot” to overthrow his government through a no-confidence vote tabled by the opposition.

He said a nation should never “become a slave” to a country just because it is in debt. “In that case, death is better than slavery,” he said.

Khan also said his party would win the election.

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