ISLAMABAD   -    The country’s politics is abuzz with the words of ‘Mr X’ and ‘Mr Y’ for the past couple of months since former prime minister Imran Khan, while using such oblique terms, has been firing warning shots at his op­ponents in public rallies.

At a recent public gathering of his party in Bahawalnagar, the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chair­man Khan again referring to ‘Mr X’ and ‘Mr Y’ had said that these charac­ters were leading an effort to topple his party’s coalition government in Pun­jab. He claimed that some unknown people were making threatening calls to PTI lawmakers belonging to Pun­jab Assembly to force them to change their loyalties.

Khan repeated his allegations in his last Monday’s rally in Chakwal but this time appeared frustrated and went a step ahead, telling his followers to re­spond to such threatening calls from unknown phone numbers in the same manner and hurl threats to such peo­ple in return. His remarks generated a heated debate on social media.

Despite the ruling Pakistan Mus­lim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz in her media interac­tion has asked the PTI chief to disclose identities of ‘Mr X’ and ‘Mr Y’, it is no more a secret that he is referring to the powerful military establishment.

Political analyst Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi says that Khan is definitely talking about intelligence agencies but for different reasons. He said that the strength of chairman PTI is his popular support and in such a situ­ation, a leader has to talk radical to keep his supporters intact. “As long as Khan has popular support, he will continue to talk like this.”

Rizvi said that Khan was actually try­ing to build pressure on the powers-that-be by using such vague expres­sions and to get leverage in politics.

Pakistan’s military establishment has always denied the allegations that it was either involved in poli­tics or any maneuverings making or breaking the governments. How­ever, the country’s all major polit­ical parties including the PML-N, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) at their respective turns have been blaming the institution of political engineering.