Ousted Pakistani PM Imran Khan gestures as he addresses supporters during a rally in Karachi, Pakistan. Reuters
Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan on Saturday has said that he is standing by the allegations that he made that the US and the country's Opposition were hand-in-glove to remove him from power.
“I am not against any country. Neither I am anti-India, anti-Europe, nor anti-America. I am with humanity... I am not against any community," Khan said while delivering a speech at a massive rally in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.
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The rally was held in Karachi's Bagh-i-Jinnah.
Khan was unseated recently after the defeat in the no-confidence vote initiated by the Opposition in the National Assembly.
Supporters of the ousted Pakistani PM Imran Khan light up their mobile phones during a rally in Karachi. Reuters
Khan claimed that the official had “threatened” the Pakistani envoy that if the motion is not successful “then it will be very difficult for Pakistan”, adding that Pakistan would be “forgiven” if the no-confidence motion is “successful”.
“Tell me what more disappointing threat can be issued to 220 million people? And who are they threatening? The country’s elected prime minister,” said Khan.
“Tell me Pakistanis, whether it was a conspiracy or not? Which country is threatened like this?” he asked during the rally.
Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf listen to the speech of Imran Khan during a rally in Karachi. Reuters
Khan said, “The one who is sitting in London, who ran away from the law after lying is now preparing to return," without mentioning Nawaz Sharif’s name.
He further said, “The entire Pakistan’s justice system is on trial. Can it stand against these powerful thieves or not? I ask the courts and NAB ... what will you do?" Dawn newspaper reported.
The PTI chairperson said that the courts were opened at midnight on the day of the vote of the no-confidence motion.
“I want to ask what crime was I committing that the courts were opened at odd hours. I am a Pakistani (leader) who named his party after justice,” said the PTI chairman.
Talking about the alleged 'foreign conspiracy' to oust his government, Khan was making an indirect reference to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar’s recent remarks that the word “conspiracy” was not used in the statement issued after a meeting of the National Security Committee last month, instead saying that the demarche was issued for the use of “undiplomatic language” which he said “is equal to interference”.
Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party carry party flags during a rally, in Karachi. Reuters
He demanded that a judicial commission be made under the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s supervision to decide on the merits of his claims regarding the cable and foreign conspiracy.
Explaining the alleged conspiracy against him, Khan told the people that he learned three to four months ago that US officials had started meeting leaders of the then Opposition along with PTI’s dissident MPs and journalists at the US embassy.
Khan said that after those meetings, when US State Department official Donald Lu met the Pakistani ambassador, he knew that the no-confidence motion was being tabled against his government.
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