Former US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says Imran Khan’s arrest will ‘deepen’ crisis

Former US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said that arresting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan would “deepen” the crisis, calling for serious “soul searching and bold thinking”.

Taking to Twitter, Khalilzad explained three issues being faced by Pakistan — political, economic, and security and called for serious strategising to avert the crises.

Furthermore, the former US envoy said that the “sequential cannibalising” of political leaders through jailing, execution, and assassination is the wrong path.

Urging the Pakistani government to take necessary steps to prevent the country from a meltdown, Khalilzad said that a date should be decided for the national elections in early June.

He said, meanwhile, the government should make a plan to rescue the country and put it on a path to stability, security, and prosperity. “Whichever party wins the election will have a mandate from the people on what must be done,” he added.

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