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PTI to quit from national & provincial assemblies, Khan says

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Saturday announced to quit from all the assemblies.

Addressing the charged crowd in Rawalpindi, Khan announced that his party has decided not to remain part of the current political system and will instead resign from all the assemblies.

“We will not be part of this system. We have decided to quit all the assemblies and get out of this corrupt system,” he said.

Imran Khan while not taking the name of COAS General Bajwa said history will judge him who multiplied his assets but trampled on human rights.

The former PM lashed out at a shadowy figure he calls “Dirty Harry” and accused of him being behind the alleged mistreatment of PTI supporters and journalists.

“Threats to journalists and they’re being beaten … and then what happened with Arshad Sharif. We never saw this in Pakistan. There was barbarity and they were threatened. What was their fault? Because they were bringing Imran Khan’s narrative to the media,” he said.

Imran said the figure was also behind the harassment of the PTI’s social media workers and lawmakers Azam Swati and Shahbaz Gill.

Imran also alleged that “three criminals” — those he accuses of being behind the Wazirabad assassination attempt on him — are waiting to take a shot at him again.

He said he had a close encounter with death and had seen bullets flying overhead during the attack on him. He called on the gathered crowd to make their faith stronger.

“When I fell down, I knew Allah saved me,” he said.

Former premier Imran Khan rued that he had failed in one thing during his 3.5 years of government, which he said was to bring the powerful under the law.

He lamented that the National Accountability Bureau and other institutions were not truly under his control and received orders from behind from somewhere else.

“The ones who had control never gave an order [to proceed with investigations]. Instead of putting them (criminals) in jails, they (the establishment) were making deals with them.”

Imran said those “who had power” did not consider corruption to be wrong.

PTI chief Imran Khan claimed that his party was the first to realise the dangers of climate change and work in this regard.

Imran said his government had planted trees under the Billion Tree Tsunami and Ten Billion Tree Tsunami programmes to tackle climate change.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan also lauded his government’s performance in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and credited its decisions with taking the country out of that crisis.

He said the opposition relentlessly criticised him and called on him to impose a lockdown but could not respond to his questions about what would happen to daily wagers and labourers as a result.

Imran then recounted his government’s economic performance and initiatives such as the health card.

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