Imran Khan conveyed
‘important message’
in Bani gala,
meeting with Ejaz-ul-Haq

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ISLAMABAD: Head of Pakistan Muslim League Zia-ul-Haq (PML-Z) Ijaz ul Haq on Saturday met Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and conveyed an important message to him.

According to sources privy to the development, Ijaz ul Haq visited the former prime minister at Bani Gala and reportedly conveyed an important message to him with regard to improving relations with the establishment.

Speaking during the meeting, the PTI chairman said that the only solution to deteriorating economic situation is free and fair elections. “Pakistan Army has given sacrifices for the country and I respect them whole-heartedly,” he said.

ISLAMABAD: President Muslim League-Z, Ejazu-ul-Haq meeting PTI Chairman Imran Khan at Bani Gala on Saturday.

He said that there is no comparison of the PTI government’s tenure with the incumbent government. “Prices of electricity, gas, petrol, dollar have spiraled out of the hands during their tenure,” Imran Khan said.

It is pertinent to mention here that former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said no one can deny the reality of the cipher issue.

While responding to netizens on social media, Imran Khan said on March 7, US envoy Donald Lu in a meeting with the Pakistani envoy threatened to oust my government. The envoy confirmed the whole development through a cipher to the Foreign Office of Pakistan.

Imran Khan said all of a sudden, after tabling of the no-confidence motion, a few PTI MNAs and allied parties thought to leave the government by cursing it. We have all the details of the people who met the officials of the US consulate, he added.

Responding to the question about DG ISPR Major General Iftikhar Babar’s comments on the cipher, Imran Khan said: “Will DG ISPR decide was there any ‘conspiracy’ or not.” It can be the point of view of DG ISPR Major General Iftikhar Babar, but he cannot pass the judgement.

Address to event

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan asked if India was importing discounted crude oil from Russia to offer the same to its people for 40 percent less, why Pakistan couldn’t follow suit instead of increasing the fuel prices by Rs84 in less than three weeks.

India is the world’s third-largest consumer of oil and over 80 percent of it is imported. Russia rose to become its second-biggest supplier of oil in May, pushing Saudi Arabia into third place but still behind Iraq which remains No. 1, tanker tracking data showed.

BANI GALA: PTI Chairman Imran Khan chairing party meeting at Bank Gala.

In May, Indian refiners received about 819,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Russian oil, the highest thus far in any month, compared to about 277,00 in April, the data showed.

Western sanctions against Russia for its attacks in Ukraine prompted many oil importers to shun trade with Moscow, pushing spot prices for Russian crude to record discounts against other grades.

That provided Indian refiners, which rarely used to buy Russian oil due to high freight costs, an opportunity to snap up low-priced crude.

Addressing lawyers at a ceremony organised by the Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA), Khan said if New Delhi could procure discounted oil from Moscow, why we couldn’t do the same?

“Lawyers played a crucial role in the independence of Pakistan, in fact, the founding father of the nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was a barrister,” he recalled.

The former prime minister said that just before his ouster, his government was planning to import cheaper oil and wheat from Russia but they were sent packing through an American conspiracy. “It would have been easier for me not to visit Russia, but I went there in the best interest of my people,” he added.

Khan pointed out that this is not the first time the United States has successfully performed a regime change operation. In fact, in 1953, Washington toppled the government of then-prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran.

He added that American diplomats called on disgruntled MPs of his party just after the submission of the no-confidence motion against him. Lawmakers sold their conscience for Rs200 million each in Sindh House of Islamabad, he alleged.

He predicted the inflation rate would cross 30 percent, bringing tremendous pressure on the salaried and middle-class segments of the society. The government of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is focused on ending the cases against its leaders rather than providing relief to the public, he added.

The PTI chair added he had warned the “neutrals” that his ouster would cause direct impacts on the economy. He said he had asked finance minister Shaukat Tarin to brief the op military brass about the financial situation to convince them to prevent the conspiracy from succeeding, he added.

He added they were told that Shehbaz Sharif reached the office at 7:00 am, but it turned out all his efforts were for advertisements. Khan said that the only solution to the crisis is fair and free elections.

He said he was going to perform a “big show” this time, therefore, it was his appeal to the people to become part of it. Khan, however, said he would not disclose details of what he meant by a big show.

He further said that bowing down to Washington’s pressure meant bracing oneself for the “do more” mantra from the superpower.