Pakistani ex-PM Imran Khan vows to be more dangerous now he’s outside power
Ex-Pakistan prime minister, Imran Khan has warned just days after he was ousted from power that he would become ‘more dangerous’.
At a rally in Peshawar in Pakistan on Wednesday, he said, “I was not dangerous when I was part of the government, but I will be more dangerous now.”
Alleging foul play in his removal from the post of prime minister, he also questioned why the courts were opened at midnight before the Pakistan National Assembly passed the no-confidence motion against him last week.
On April 9, the Pakistan Supreme Court was ready late at night to hear a plea regarding the deadline set for the vote on the no-confidence motion moved against Imran Khan’s government. Asad Qaiser, then Speaker in the Assembly, had not held the vote by midnight despite the apex court’s direction to do so. The Islamabad High Court was also opened around midnight to hear another plea.
However, the Speaker then resigned and the vote was held in the Assembly the same night. Imran Khan became the first prime minister in Pakistan to be ousted via a no-trust vote.
At the rally on Wednesday, Imran Khan said on the developments, “The courts were opened at night. Why? Did I break any laws?” He suggested that the judiciary had not functioned in an independent way and said he, in his entire political career, had never incited people against institutions, as per a report by Geo News.
Other leaders, like Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari of the Pakistan Peoples Party and Ahsan Iqbal of PML (N), criticised Imran Khan for questioning the judiciary and said the courts had been opened because the “constitution had been violated”.
Imran Khan also said that the new government, which he referred to as ‘imported’, would not be accepted. “We will not accept an imported government and people have shown what they want by holding demonstrations against the move,” he said.
He said that every time a leader had been ousted in the country, people had celebrated but, this time, mass protests were held. On Sunday, rallies in Imran Khan’s support had been held across Pakistan.
Imran Khan has consistently suggested that foreign nations were involved in removing his government in Pakistan. At the rally on Wednesday, he said, “America has insulted Pakistan by imposing these bandits [new government] on us. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was sacked through a conspiracy by the USA, but this is not the Pakistan of 1970. This is the new Pakistan.”
The US has denied any role in the matter.
The former PM added in his speech on Wednesday, “India and Israel celebrated my ouster the most.”