ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said he is making efforts to eradicate “misunderstandings” between Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) and its establishment, saying former prime minister Imran Khan is ready to stay with Prime Minister Shehbaz. Sharif on the issue of holding early elections if (early elections) are guaranteed by “strong quarters”.
Mr Rashid, head of the Awami National League-Pakistan has always been part of the PTI-led coalition government, saying the PTI would take a long trip to headquarters later this month and the marchers would stay in Islamabad. until the date of the election is announced.
He was of the opinion that the PTI should not have to deal with any government institutions rather than the party should sit with the Pakistan Electoral Commission (ECP) to confirm the commission with a pre-election vote.
“I started yesterday’s attempt to resolve the misunderstanding between them (PTI and the establishment),” he said in an interview. IVOA coordinator Ali Furqan on Monday.
Attempts to fix links and establish
“I love peace and the army, but if there is a ‘war’ I will stand up for Imran Khan,” Mr Rashid said.
He admitted that something was wrong [in the last regime] because allies like the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) split with the PTI. However, he said, “I did not expect this in MQM.”
He said Mr Khan was ready to hold talks with the Sharif government in the general election soon, but needed confirmation of “strong areas”.
However, he vehemently denied that the long-running PTI march was aimed at inviting military law. “Imran Khan does not want to shake hands with Shehbaz Sharif’s coalition government leaders, but there could be discussions about the election if the establishment is confirmed,” he added.
When the PTI was in power, Mr Khan had repeatedly said he would never sit with “corrupt” leaders like Sharif in “any matter”.
After a vote of no confidence in Mr Khan last month, former opposition parties have formed a coalition government with PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister.
Mr Rashid said the military wanted to maintain democracy and the only way to maintain it was to hold an early election, otherwise no PTI or PML-N-led government would survive.
AML chief said: “Imran Khan will mobilize millions of people in Islamabad and in that case the country will enter a state of uncertainty that could lead to civil war.”
PTI King Imran Khan earlier on Saturday announced a march to Islamabad in the last week of May.
Mr Rashid said that if Mr Khan had succeeded in bringing a large number of people to Islamabad, his politics would be in control while his demand was immediate. “The PTI does not want to overthrow the government, but the protesters will not return to Islamabad without the announcement of a general election date,” he added.
Commenting on the collapse of the PTI government, he said there was a “certain misunderstanding with the institutions” that should not have happened. He said he was opposed to the dispute with the military and still needed “reconciliation”.
When asked to explain the reasons for the split between Mr Khan and the army, the minister declined to comment. However, he said, he began making efforts from May 1 to remove “misunderstandings”.
Mr Rashid said he had nothing to do with the Masjid-i-Nabwi incident, but it was clear that the current rulers would be “received in the same way wherever they go”.
In cases of incitement to violence in the holy mosque, he said he had spent many years in prison on fraudulent cases in the past and was still ready to be arrested. He said he had intended to resign politically, but in the current situation he would run in the by-elections at the behest of Mr Khan.
Published Parhlo, May 3, 2022