Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned that the country could be plunged into civil war if new elections are not announced.
In an interview with Pakistan’s Bowl News on Wednesday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman said he was waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision on his party’s appeal for protection of protesters, after which he said he would issue a date. Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper has demanded a general election next March.
“We will see if they allow us to go to the polls in a legal and constitutional way or else this country will (a) go to civil war,” he warned.
Imran Khan also said that there was “no question” of returning to the National Assembly because it meant “acknowledging the conspiracy” that had toppled his government.
Mr Khan was ousted in a no-confidence vote in April but refused to accept the results, accusing the United States of being involved in the fall of his government.
Imran Khan has been protesting ever since and calling for new elections because, in his words, the current coalition government led by Shahbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was “imported” and not the real representative of the Pakistani people. .
Imran Khan led a rally of thousands of his supporters in Islamabad on Wednesday and planned to stay until new elections were announced but abruptly withdrew at the last minute after leaving for the capital.
However, he threatened to return after six days if the government failed to set a date for early elections.
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