ISLAMABAD- As the talks between the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) failed on Wednesday to overcome the present crisis, Imran Khan announced to end the ongoing talks till the resignation of the prime minister and extended deadline of his ‘crucial announcement’ for 24 hours more.
PTI Chief Imran Khan on Tuesday warned the government that Wednesday would be the day of final round of talks with the government to reach a solution and if the negotiations failed, he would announce his next plan of action to force the government to meet his demand of PM Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.
“There will be no talks with the government team and from now no resignation, no negotiations,” Khan told the thin crowd. He said talks would now only be held after the resignation of the PM. Khan also said he had rejected an offer from the ruling PML-N to become the deputy prime minister to hold an inquiry into the election-rigging charges.
Khan looked stuck to his stance that the PM should resign before starting an independent inquiry into the rigging charges. “How is an independent inquiry possible if Nawaz Sharif who is facing the allegations remains the prime minister?” he questioned.
Khan said he would not bow though the government was struggling to ‘buy’ him. He told his followers that the government was even trying to bribe him by offering the post of deputy prime minister, but he had rejected. “Their purpose is to disperse the crowd in any case,” he said, adding that during the last 14 months, he knocked at all doors of justice, but the rulers hid behind stay orders. He said the government was willing to accept all his demands except the PM’s resignation.
“Under the pressure of the crowd, the government is ready to accept all our demands, but is unwilling to accept the demand of the PM’s resignation,” he said and added no independent inquiry under Nawaz Sharif could be held.
However, Khan delayed his next ‘crucial announcement’ for next 24 hours, saying good news was in the offing. Perhaps, he delayed his announcement in the wake of the ongoing talks between the government and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), sitting close to his sit-in at Constitution Avenue.
It looks crystal clear that both the leaders of the protesting parties would announce their next plan of action, separately, but act together as they had done before moving to the Red Zone of the capital.
The PTI chairman, instead of giving his further plan of action in his early Wednesday night speech, started giving his ‘plan of reforms’ he wants to introduce once he comes to power.
Khan said, “We are going to win another World Cup like as we did in 1992 and are going to make a new Pakistan. “In our country, those who are democrats try to become dictators and dictators try to become democrats,” he deplored.
“I will tell you today what real democracy is and what the face of the new Pakistan will be,” he said, adding he would make the country an Islamic welfare state. In the absence of a system of justice, there cannot be a real democracy,” he said, adding the justice system meant merit and the rule of law where common citizens could hold accountability of the rulers. He clarified that the purpose of his sit-in was to bring real democracy in Pakistan, as only elections did not mean democracy. “The rulers coming to power through rigged polls will not make pro-people policies,” he maintained. He promised that he would introduce meritocracy in the country.
Imran said they had decided to revolt against the system. “In new Pakistan, there will be justice, accountability, strong and independent judiciary and the devolution of justice system. The people will resolve their disputes themselves,” he said.
He asserted that he would introduce local government system in the country like strong democracies of the world and the people would run their own schools and dispensaries. “We will declare our assets, pay taxes and spend the public money on the people. We want system of humanity and the law of justice in Pakistan,” he said and added minorities, farmers and all other segments of the society would be protected in the new Pakistan.