LAHORE - PTI Chairman Imran Khan is once again trying to reach the top office in the government with the help of the undemocratic forces, said senior member and media coordinator of PML-N Muhammad Mehdi while addressing a press conference here on Friday.
Mehdi told the media persons that Imran supported referendum of former dictator Pervez Musharraf to gain power and once again he was looking for help to the same channel. Mehdi said Imran was desperate to have a king’s party or a hotch-potch party as it best suited his purpose of reaching the top echelon of power. But he would not succeed, he added.
He said Imran’s call for protest sit-in had drawn a line between those who supported democracy and those who didn’t. Mehdi said it was beyond understanding that Imran doubted credibility of the elections when he was constantly consulted by then leader of the Opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan for the appointment of the chief election commissioner.
He added that he was also taken on board in the nomination of other members of the Commission and following appointment of the returning officers through the chief justice of high courts.
“How can he allege election rigging when his opinion was respected at every step to his satisfaction,” he posed a question. Mehdi said Imran was fickle-minded person who has continuously been changing his mind. Once he supported the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Ch and now he was blaming him, he added.
The PTI released white paper wherein it distorted facts and alleged rigging even in NA-71 Mianwali which was the constituency of Imran in the last election. He said PTI government in Khyber PK had promised to bring radical change within 90 days of rule but totally failed due to corruption and inefficient ministers. Imran was trying to take cover under the garb of a protest against election rigging. The protest of Khan in fact, aimed at camouflaging the extremely poor performance of the PTI government. Alluding to Dr Tahirul Qadri of Pakistan Awami Tehrik he said, Qadri with undemocratic idea was also supporting Khan’s cause.
To a question, Mehdi said government had no intention to bar PTI from holding a peaceful protest nor there was any panic in the PML-N ranks. He said, “We are democratic people and want to protect this system”.
About ban on the transmission of any media house, Mehdi disapproved of this act and said it would amount to curbing freedom of expression in the country and unlawfully controlling freedom of the media.