ISLAMABAD: The government has been informed by an intelligence agency what unfolded on the 9th and 10th of May was conceived and planned with the involvement of PTI chairman Imran Khan much before the actual day of the event.
In a report written by Ansar Abbasi which was published in The News, it stated that most of the PTI leaders were not aware of the alleged “plan”, which was kept secret and only a few trusted loyalists (named in the report) knew about it and were the conduit to pass Khan’s instructions to party cadres.
The intelligence agency, while quoting its sources within the PTI, alleged that IK had given specific directions in case of his arrest to target pre-selected venues/places. On 9th May, Murad Saeed communicated the same to party leaders through his tweets and directed that protests at the designated places be started.
Intelligence reports, while discussing the May 9-10 events, talked about the closeness of Asad Umar, Murad Saeed and Azam Swati with Imran Khan besides reflecting on the role of Dr Yasmin Rashid, Hammad Azhar and Awn Abbas Buppi in Punjab, Murad Saeed and Omar Ayub in KP, Ali Zaidi in Sindh, Ali Nawaz Awan in Islamabad and Qasim Suri in Balochistan.
According to the intelligence agency, since his ouster from power, Imran Khan tried to build an aggressive but false narrative based on multiple conspiracy theories ranging from international collusion to oust him from power to his murder plots hatched by the country’s intelligence agencies.
It added that Khan instilled so much hatred in his followers that they openly started to berate the military and its senior leadership, particularly on different social media platforms. This was the starting point of Imran Khan’s calculated move of pitting the masses against their own army, says the intelligence agency report.
The security agency underlines that through his sustained provocative speeches and statements, Imran Khan “thoughtfully attempted” to scandalise senior army officers, including the Chief of Army Staff, DG ISI and DG-C, and in some cases even by name.
The agency also disclosed that Imran Khan had become so desperate that in a meeting to review the performance of the PTI Rawalpindi Chapter on holding the 6th May rally, he harshly admonished the concerned chapter for ending their rally at Marir Chowk instead of taking it to Katchehri Chowk (in the close vicinity of the Army House) within the limits of Cantonment area.
The agency reports that as Khan knew well that the majority of the party’s first and second-tier leadership may not resort to violent protest in case of his arrest, he devised a mechanism to communicate directly with his trusted hardline loyalists, including members of Imran Tigers and ISF activists through different online applications like Raabta App and imrantiger.com.
It was also reported that Imran Khan prepared the party organisation even up to the Union Council level to enhance the party’s capacity to mobilize workers at very short notice. He used to take the oath of allegiance from his supporters to stand with him and follow his directions in all circumstances.
Imran Khan expected that the masses would join violent protests in a large number. He was made to believe by some of his advisers that total chaos will ensue in the country and the government, including the military leadership, will bow to its knees, enabling him to dictate his own terms.