Imran Khan, a former prime minister and the head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), pleaded with the "neutrals" on Thursday to reassess their policies, making a subliminal allusion to the ruling class. He claimed that without free and fair elections, stability would not come to the nation.
The PTI chairman challenged the observers at a seminar on media freedom in Islamabad, "Are you concerned about this country..
Do you realise the direction this nation is going?
According to Imran, the nation"s economy cannot be fixed through loan borrowing or wealth development alone. "Due to insecurity, no one is willing to invest in Pakistan... obtaining loans from Saudi Arabia and other nations is not a solution... it"s like treating cancer with aspirin," one person said.
Imran asserted that only free and fair elections could bring about political and economic stability.
He added that no matter what, he would not accept the coalition government led by the PML-N. "I want to the tell the neutrals that there is still time to examine your judgments... decisions taken behind closed doors are often not right..," he remarked.
Imran argued that as prime minister, he was never afraid of independent press while speaking about media freedom.
The former prime minister claimed that unscrupulous politicians and dictators restricted media freedom in order to cover up their corruption and wrongdoings. But using one"s right to free speech does not permit one to disparage others or make unfounded claims.
In addition, he charged that his rivals were corrupt, claiming that previous prime minister Nawaz Sharif had erected 17 factories with stolen money while in office. "A lack of the rule of law is a symptom of corruption."
He expressed concern about the establishment"s role in reducing corruption and said he had always believed the institution was against corrupt leaders.
He said, "Why did you let these corrupt politicians to rule the nation when you [the establishment] would claim they are corrupt?"
He also disclosed that, while he was prime minister, authorities had notified him of the corruption scandal involving the country"s current leaders.
Imran added that efforts were being made to remove Nawaz Sharif, who was permanently barred from running for office by the Supreme Court, and to reinstate him in order to place them both in the same position.
Regarding the sedition case involving PTI leader Shahbaz Gill, Imran claimed that no action had been taken against other political figures who had targeted government institutions, including as Nawaz, Maryam, her daughter, and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the JUI-F. Shahbaz Gill was tortured while being stripped naked, on the other hand.
All of this is being done to frighten people into accepting this foreign authority.