SHANGLA   -   Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Thursday vowed to keep holding rallies and continue his anti-government campaign till general elections are announced.

Addressing party workers in Shangla, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the former prime minister said that he is staying in the province for two more days to prepare everyone for the “Azadi March” anew. “I am strengthening all my organisations in the province and planning everything,” he said.

Criticising the government’s decision to increase the prices of petroleum products by Rs30 per litre, Khan said that the government cannot buy oil from Russia at 30% lesser prices because the United States “does not permit” them to do so. “Our government wanted to strike a deal with Russia, but it was overthrown with the help of a regime change scheme,” the ousted premier said.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan also announced that he would unveil his plan of action for his party’s next march at a rally in Dir “two days from now” on Saturday.

“I have a rally in Dir where I will present my next plan of action. We are studying the Supreme Court’s decision,” he said while speaking at a rally in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district.

The PTI is looking towards the apex court to provide his party “protection” ahead of another planned march towards Islamabad, which would follow his ‘Azadi March’ late last month where PTI workers and supporters had faced intense police action. The purpose of the marches is to pressure the government into calling immediate elections.

The party’s petition in this regard, however, was returned by the SC registrar today, saying that it had already decided on an “almost similar issue”.

Imran, in his Thursday’s speech, said he would stay in KP for two more days to prepare his organisations. “I am planning to continue our campaign for freedom until the government conducts fair and transparent elections.”

Turning his guns towards the coalition government for their alleged torture on the protestors of his May 25 march, he said that staging a peaceful protest was a citizen’s democratic right, adding that “brutalising” protesters was not allowed under the constitution of any country.

“They can’t win the election. They can’t mingle with the people because they get heckled with chants of chor (thief) and gaddar (traitor).”

He claimed that the government was trying to “rig the polls” in connivance with the Election Commission of Pakistan. “A conspiracy is being carried out to destroy Pakistan’s democracy.”

Imran said that the government was harming all the country’s institutions by having its leaders’ corruption cases swept under the rug and by clipping the wings of the anti-graft watchdog.

Addressing the establishment, the PTI chairman said that their neutrality could have consequences for the country.

“Those on top now want to destroy the country. People fear that the country will go bankrupt,” he said, pointing to the rise in inflation and debt.

“If the situation is not steadied and it goes bankrupt, then I have a message for the establishment. The United States and Soviet Union were the world’s biggest powers. But when the Soviet Union’s economy tanked, it broke apart and even its strong army could not keep it together.”

Imran said that even though the establishment said it was neutral, the people would still be looking in its direction as they knew where the “power” lies.

“History will not be forgiving if the nation descends into chaos and you keep on saying that you are neutral,” he said. The PTI chairman alleged that the government, brought into power through a US conspiracy, would end up bankrupting the country.