Imran Khan has said that he informed his team that the coalition government could detain him any time because the incumbents lack both democracy and morality.

“The goal of [the incumbent rulers] is to safeguard their stolen money. They had been attempting to obtain an NRO for three and a half years,” he said in an exclusive interview with a private news channel on Saturday night.

“I don’t want to tell a lie, nor can I speak the truth,” he responded when asked about the President House meeting. He said he always believes things ought to be discussed.

There had been speculation that Imran had met Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Presid­ency last month. They could not reach an agreement during the meeting, arranged by President Arif Alvi, but Imran toned down his rhetoric pertaining to the establishment after the meeting.

About the upcoming march of the PTI towards Islamabad, he said the date for the march would be announced within a week. Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi was an ally of the PTI and he would support the party in its march on Islamabad, he added.

About the controversial cipher, the ex-premier said he had not made the cipher public at once because at the time, the OIC meeting was in progress and it would have been inappropriate to share the cipher then.

Referring to the audio leaks featuring himself and PTI leaders, he said it was strange that the prime minister’s conversations, which should be safe, were being made public.

He also commented on the acquittal of Maryam Nawaz in the Avenfield case against her and called it a “joke”.

About the departure of for­­mer premier Nawaz Sha­rif to London during his government on health grounds, Imran commented that when Nawaz went out of the country, he came to realise that “everything was possible” in Pakistan.

He said it was part of a “big game” to send Nawaz out of Pak­­istan. “Unfortu­na­tely our justice system is weak due to which these people are benefitting,” he said in a comment on the cases agai­nst his political opponents.

The former PM said that the PTI has only one goal: to get the country out of this quagmire, and that is possible only through free and fair elections.

Reacting to the report regarding the issuance of an arrest warrant for him, Imran said that he had already briefed his team that he could be arrested at any time.

“They blackmailed the PTI government on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as they wanted an NRO from me,” Imran said.

“Earlier [when they were in the Opposition], their only demand was to hold elections. They are currently fleeing from it.”

“The PDM leadership wants to hold elections after I am declared disqualified,” the PTI chief said. “But they always slip up or say something that works in our favour.”

He also mentioned PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Vice-President PML-N Maryam Nawaz, saying the problem with the two is that they have never worked on the ground nor have they ever waged a political struggle.

He made fun of the two parties for placing Maryam and Bilawal, whom he called “novices,” in a position of authority. “With idiots at the helm of affairs, how can they [the PPP and PML-N] expect to fight the person who struggled for 26 years and broke the two-party system in the country?”

Imran stated, “Not me, Nawaz Sharif requires a coach as he never struggled in contrast to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who had a history of struggle.”

The PTI chief also lamented the state of security at PM House, saying the telephonic conversations of the PM are being leaked. “I believe someone taped the phone conversations that were subsequently hacked. Imagine the enemy country receiving sensitive information, whether it be classified details or something else.”

The audio leak is a major national security breach, he stressed, adding, “I don’t know exactly who is behind the issue but I know that it is a very big security breach.”

Reacting to leaked audio containing the conversation between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, he said Pakistan halted its trade with India after the neighbouring country’s August 5, 2019 action.

“But, Shehbaz Sharif tells his principal secretary that the grid station of Maryam’s son-in-law will be built with public money.”

Imran said that the PML-N has a history of fabricating fake audios as they also made a fake tape on Justice Saqib Nisar.

The Toshahkhana is an open-and-shut case, which will clear the mist if justice prevails in the proceedings of the case, he said. 

ARREST WARRANTS: Earlier, a magistrate of Islamabad’s Margalla Police Station issued an arrest warrant for Imran Khan. 

The area magistrate issued an arrest warrant in the case registered on August 20 against the PTI chief for his remarks regarding Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry.

The FIR includes four sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), including 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 189 (threat of injury to public servant), and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).

The former prime minister is facing contempt charges for his controversial remarks about additional district and sessions judge.

The court has issued an arrest warrant for Khan due to his non-appearance in court.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued the warrant hours after the former prime minister submitted an affidavit in the case saying he had realised he “might have crossed a line” in his criticism of Chaudhry and was willing to apologise to her “if she got an impression” that he had crossed a line.

The story was filed by the News Desk. The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.

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