Imran Khan, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said on Tuesday that he doesn’t “need to lie” and claimed to be the owner of both the Pakistan Army and the nation.
“This is my Pakistani army. I don’t need to lie,” PTI leader declared in a video statement posted to PTI’s social media accounts before departing for the federal capital to attend the Islamabad High Court hearings on his bail requests in two cases brought against him.
Next, the army reprimanded them for making “irresponsible and baseless allegations” against a senior military officer who is actively serving in the armed services, Khan made his statements the next day.
Chairman PTI has levelled highly irresponsible and baseless allegations against a serving senior military officer without any evidence,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Major General Ahmed Sharif Chaudhry said in a statement as the politician continued his tirade against the establishment.
The military spokesperson advised the lawmaker to stop making unfounded claims and forewarned that if the trend persisted, the army would be entitled to take legal action.
The former prime minister, who was removed from office by a no-confidence vote in April 2022, claimed that a senior military officer, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah were behind an attempted assassination on him in November of last year. All three denied the allegations. Khan hasn’t yet given the authorities any supporting documentation either.
PTI leader addressed the possibility of going to jail by saying: “If someone has a warrant, they should bring it immediately to me. I’ll have my attorney there; bring the warrant. I’m prepared to enter the prison on my own.
The former premier advised against producing any drama while insisting that he be reached with a warrant.
“I have no evidence against me. I’m mentally ready to be taken into custody. Khan declared, “If I have to go to jail, I’m prepared.
The politician who used to play cricket claimed that the country had known him for fifty years.
“I am currently the leader of the largest party in the nation.”
Section 144 was imposed before Khan’s arrival. Imran Khan is expected to appear at the IHC at 2:30 pm for a hearing on his bail applications.
Section 144 has been imposed in the federal capital ahead of Khan’s appearance at the court, and Islamabad Police have made rigorous security precautions, blocking the roads near the IHC to ordinary traffic.
Any sort of gathering is forbidden under Section 144’s prohibitions.
“The G-10 turn and Aun Muhammad Rizvi road will remain closed,” according to the Islamabad Police.
The registrar’s office has also issued a circular about security precautions.
According to the registrar’s circular, lawyers and journalists will need special permissions to enter courtroom number one, but judicial personnel and court employees would be excluded.
According to the circular, only 15 lawyers would be permitted to accompany Khan to the courtroom. In contrast, 10 lawyers from the offices of the Attorney General of Pakistan and the Advocate General of Islamabad would be permitted.
Meanwhile, 30 members of the Islamabad High Court Journalists Association (IHCJA) would be permitted in.
The administration has been instructed not to bar anyone having special credentials and department cards from accessing the courthouse. Those who have the special card will be able to enter courtroom number one, according to the circular.