“If I would speak to the neutrals, there would be only one stance — free & fair elections,” Khan says.
I have no disagreements with ‘neutrals’. PTI Chairman Imran Khan Friday said he has no disagreements with the “neutrals”, questioning why should he get into a quarrel with them.
“Weakening the ‘neutrals’ means strengthening the enemy and only the country will suffer during this fight,” he said while speaking to senior journalists.
Regarding chances of him being arrested, he said that if the government wants to arrest him, they can do so. “I have no fear because I haven’t crossed any red line.”
‘Free & fair elections only solution
“Free and fair elections are the only solution to pull the country out of the crisis,” Khan said, adding that when a pro-people government will be formed only then will the economy flourish.
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He said: “If I would speak to the neutrals there would be only one stance — free and fair elections.”
‘Better to be in Opposition than to speak with PPP’
The PTI Chairman said that nobody is ready to speak to the leaders of this “imported government”, asserting that he will never join hands with the “thieves” even if he has to sit on the Opposition benches.
“It is better to be in the Opposition than to have a dialogue with PPP,” he said.
Khan warned that if by-polls in 20 constituencies of Punjab are rigged, then it may harm the country.
“What do I have to do? I can wait but it is the country that will suffer,” he maintained.
He began his international cricket career at age 18, in a 1971 Test series against England.
Khan played until 1992, served as the team’s captain intermittently between 1982 and 1992 and won the 1992 Cricket World Cup, in what is Pakistan’s first and only victory in the competition.
Considered one of cricket’s greatest all-rounders Khan scored 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Khan founded cancer hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar and Namal College in Mianwali prior to his ascent in politics.
He founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996, which won a seat in the National Assembly in 2002, and saw Khan serve as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007.
PTI boycotted the 2008 election, but in the subsequent election, became the second-largest party by popular vote.
In the 2018 general election, running on a populist platform, PTI emerged as the largest party in the National Assembly, and formed a coalition government with independents with Khan as Prime Minister.