At the same time, he also ruled out the possibility of an electoral alliance with any political party of country - including PP, PML-N, MQM and others - in next general elections, saying they were symbols of status quo. He was addressing a press conference at his party’s central Secretariat to announce the decision of Shaheen Akbar Khan, a PML-N leader, to join the PTI. Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and former federal minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan were also present on the occasion.
The PTI chief said the country could avert the crisis and there would have no confrontation-like situation between the state institutions if Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had the understanding of the Constitution.
He made it clear the PTI would not go into future alliance with any political party that had been supporting the incumbent government. “The MQM, being a coalition partner of the government, is also protecting Pakistan’s most corrupt government,” he added. About the PML-N, he said it had damaged Pakistan during last four years by playing the role of a friendly opposition.
Without mentioning any name, Imran said many members of different political parties had expressed their willingness to join the PTI, but they were refused because they did not deem fit for his party.
Criticising the PML-N, Imran said it had filed the petition on the speakerís ruling in the PM contempt case while following his partyís line of action.
He said Rawalpindi’s successful rally had proved wrong the allegations of Nawaz League levelled against the PTI for getting the support of former DG ISI Genera (r) Shuja Pasha.
Replying to a question about Mian Nawaz Sharif’s donation of Rs 2.5 million, he said the PML-N chief should not talk about the contribution to his hospital, Shaukat Khanum, as the people of Pakistan were donating Rs 2 billion to the facility annually.
He also blasted the top political leaders including President Asif Ali Zardari, Gilani and Nawaz, for not paying the taxes and said Nawaz Shari paid only Rs 5,000 income tax returns in 2008. “How can they ask the masses to pay income tax,” he remarked. Imran said the PML-N agreed to introduce three amendments in the Constitution with the PPP government but not ready to introduce accountability law in the country. He said if Rehman Malik had corruption proof against the PML-N, then why he remained silent during the last three years.
About another question regarding one-year extension in the government tenure, the PTI chief said the government could not run its affairs for another three months as there was no money in the national kitty.
Speaking on the occasion, Javed Hashmi said Leader of Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali khan had opposed the nuclear tests in 1999 but he was now receiving congratulation on eve of Youm-e-Takbeer (May 28).