Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran’s party has suspended all meetings

ISLAMABAD: At the climax of his long march, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Saturday that its Pakistani Tehreek-i-Insaf will leave all provincial assemblies, a move designed to increase pressure on the beleaguered government to conduct quick polls.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters address in Rawalpindi in his first public appearance after being shot and wounded in the leg during a rally Wazirabad, Pakistan Punjab, the PTI chairman announced three weeks ago: “We will not march to Islamabad because I do not want to spread chaos and anarchy in the country. But we have decided not to continue to be part of this system. We have decided to leave all meetings and get out of this corrupt system.”
The Khan-led PTI rules Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Khan said that he had discussed the issue of resigning from all meetings with all prime ministers and the final decision on this will be announced after the PTI parliamentary party meeting.
Imran claimed that his party did not come to Rawalpindi for elections or politics, but because the country needed new elections.
Khan again claimed that “three criminals” were waiting to make another attempt on his life. The former prime minister had accused Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and ISI Major General Faisal Naseer of plotting the attack on him in Wazirabad. “Fear enslaves an entire nation. You should not be intimidated by threats or violence,” he told his supporters from behind a bulletproof glass shield.
Khan admitted that during his tenure as prime minister he had failed to bring the powerful under the law, saying they were protected by powerful districts, a reference to the military establishment.
Imran said Pakistan’s history will confirm that he kept fighting until the last ball for Pakistan. “I also want to say that those who saw a huge increase in their wealth (a veiled reference to General Qamar Javed Bajwa) and trampled on the rights of the nation… history also looks at him and records what he has done to the country.”
Khan’s long march had started from Lahore on 28 October but stopped after the attack on him. Prior to the Rawalpindi rally, he addressed supporters via video links on a daily basis.

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