Justice our only hope: Imran Khan

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PTI chief Imran Khan being interviewed by Sky News Cordelia Lynch at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore on May 13, 2023. — Screenshot from a YouTube video.
PTI chief Imran Khan being interviewed by Sky News’ Cordelia Lynch at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore on May 13, 2023. – Screenshot from a YouTube video.
  • “Democracy at an all-time low,” says PTI chief.
  • Khan claims he is “ready to go to jail again”.
  • Terms are arrest”disturbing and shocking.”

In his first detailed interview since being released on bail, Pakistani Chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has expressed serious concern about the current state of democracy in Pakistan, complaining that it is “an all-time low” has achieved.

After being granted a reprieve by the courts, the former prime minister reiterated his belief only in the judiciary, calling it the “only hope” in the country to restore the people’s rights and freedoms.

“Democracy is at an all-time low. The only hope we have is the judiciary,” the PTI chairman said while talking to sky news on Sunday.

The cricketer-turned-politician – whose government was overthrown following a vote of no confidence in parliament last April – also raised the alarm over the country’s violation of fundamental rights, which he said had reached unprecedented levels.

The PTI leader went on to talk about his own disturbing experiences when he was taken into custody, and how his home had been raided by the police on two occasions.

During one of these raids, he said, authorities forcibly broke down the doors of his home in front of his wife, calling it an “unprecedented and distressing situation” for himself.

Highlighting the deteriorating state of democracy in Pakistan, the former prime minister said about 150 cases had been filed against him – a large number of cases that had not been filed against the country’s other politicians.

Khan also accused the government of fear of elections, as they say, according to him [the ruling coalition] believed faced a significant election defeat.

“The government is terrified of elections and they are afraid of being wiped out by the PTI in the polls,” he said.

Khan revealed the extent of the political climate’s animosity, claiming that the ruling coalition was only prepared to hold an election if he was imprisoned or killed, revealing the extent of the political climate’s animosity.

The PTI chief said there had been two attempts on his life, raising concerns about his safety and security.

When questioned about the incidents of violence during protests by his party associates after being arrested on May 9, the cricketer turned politician promptly condemned all forms of violence.

Recounting the incident when he was arrested, he recalled a moment of confusion, saying, “Some individuals who looked like commandos suddenly appeared at the time of his arrest. I thought they came for my safety.” However, Khan said he soon realized they were after him.

Khan said it was because of the threats to his life that a judge previously issued orders for his protection. Due to the “shocking and abrupt” nature of the incident, he recalled, he briefly thought there was a terrorist in the room, only to realize that he himself had been targeted.

He expressed his dismay at the brutal treatment by all involved and said the excessive force used during the arrest left a lasting impression on him. “The way they abused and beat everyone and arrested me was disturbing and shocking.”

Despite the challenges he faced, Khan said he has shown unwavering determination and willingness to be jailed again. “I’m ready to go back to prison,” he insisted.

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