Islamabad: Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has threatened to drag embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Supreme Court to seek his disqualification for allegedly lying about protesters and the army in parliament, as the country’s political logjam showed no sign of easing.
Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), in an overnight address to protesters in front of parliament also said that the sit-in will continue until the government accepts his demands including Sharif’s resignation.
“The PTI leadership will approach the Supreme Court to get Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif disqualified as he was telling lies on the floor of the National Assembly regarding the leadership of the PTI, PAT and the army," Khan said.
He said that Sharif was lying to harm his party and fiery cleric Tahir ul-Qadri.
Khan and Qadri have been protesting in front of the parliament to force Sharif’s resignation over alleged rigging in the 2013 general elections won by his Pakistan Muslim League (N) party.
Several rounds of talks have failed to resolve the over three-week-long crisis as protesters want nothing less than Sharif’s ouster and fresh polls.
The government has ruled out the prime minister’s resignation and proposed a judicial commission to probe the alleged rigging while Sharif has shown willingness to resign if the charges against him are proved.
Khan charged that the government was lying to the people of Pakistan when it said that the Chinese President Xi Jinping had cancelled his visit to the country due to the protests, and said that the fact is that he had not plan to visit Pakistan, as the trip was not finalized.
He said that the government’s dialogue committee was announcing to the media that five demands of the PTI related to probe the alleged rigging in last year’s polls and implement electoral reforms have been accepted but it has not informed the party about it.
Khan also criticized finance minister Ishaq Dar for “lying" to the parliament when he said growth rate had increased 4.1% last year, as later he told International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials that the growth rate remained at 3.3%.
Khan had earlier alleged that the government lied to the people about army’s mediation in the crisis. Meanwhile, the talks between the government and PTI are expected to resume today after a one-day break.
The two sides have reported progress but there are still differences of over several issues. Khan on Saturday moved his makeshift stage, set-up on a shipping container mounted on a truck, from in front of the secretariat buildings to the D-Chowk facing the parliament. PTI