No political alliance with Zardari-led PPP, clarifies Imran Khan

03:15 PM | 11 Dec, 2017
No political alliance with Zardari-led PPP, clarifies Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan rejected the possibility of any political alliance with the Pakistan Peoples’ Party under the leadership of its co-chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari.

In a brief interaction with newsmen outside the anti-terrorism court on Monday, the legislator clarified there should be no misunderstanding that an alliance could be forged between PTI and PPP till the presence of Asif Ali Zardari as leader of the party.

'If my struggle was to get power, I could have made alliances with Nawaz and PPP, how can I be with Zardari when my fight is against corruption,' declared the politician.

The legislator maintained that the open firing by the police in Model Town Lahore on the workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek was not justified constitutionally.

The cricketer-turned-politician continued that there was no precedent of such incidents as Model Town killings in democracy.

'The protesters were innocent, they (PML-N government) killed 14 innocent people through police' he observed.

The PTI supremo expressed that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government was trying to give the impression that if they were thieves so was everyone else.

The politician claimed that the cases filed against him in Election Commission of Pakistan, Supreme Court and in ATCs were a bid to silence him.

ATC's Proceedings

An anti-terrorism court on Monday rejected a plea filed by PTI chief Imran Khan seeking removal of terrorism clauses in the cases against him.

As ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand resumed the hearing, Khan’s counsel Babar Awan presented arguments regarding the plea in which he had asked the court to remove the terrorism clauses.

The court is hearing four cases against PTI chief regarding destroying property, attacking the building of PTV and Parliament, and injuring SSP Azmat Junejo during the 2014 sit-ins staged by PTI and PAT.

Imran's counsel said that it was everyone’s democratic right to protest for the rights adding that using sticks during the protest did not come under terrorism.

On the other hand, the prosecution argued that there was evidence that Imran Khan had incited his workers during the sit-ins.

After hearing the arguments, the court reserved the verdict and then announced the decision in favour of the prosecution.

The court adjourned the case till December 19 and also summoned Imran Khan on next hearing.