I have ‘blocked’ numbers of those in establishment: Imran Khan – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed that the establishment is calling him but he has blocked their numbers and will not speak to anyone until a date for the general election is announced, arguing that it would be better to drop an atomic bomb on the country than to have “criminals” at the helm of government.
Khan, who was ousted from power last month by a no-confidence motion and became the first Pakistani prime minister to be ousted without ceremonies by parliament, urged people to prepare for the “historic march” to the federal capital, saying “many options (would be ) open when people take to the streets ”.
“Announcements come from the establishment, but I will not speak to anyone unless the date of the next general election is announced,” the newspaper quoted Dawn Khan as telling reporters on Friday.
Khan said he had “blocked their numbers”.
Khan has repeatedly said that the United States conspired with the then opposition leaders to overthrow his government.
He asked people who supported the “conspiracy” if they were not worried about Pakistan’s future, the news channel Geo reported.
“It would have been better to drop an atomic bomb on Pakistan than to have these criminals in power,” he said.
Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman said he had learned about the “conspiracy” in June last year, but unfortunately “all decisions” were made to weaken his government – and it was eventually sent packing.
Khan said that his relationship with the establishment (military) was good until the last day of his government, but there were two issues that they did not see face to face.
The former prime minister said “powerful neighborhoods” wanted Usman Buzdar removed as prime minister of Punjab province, but told them there was “more corruption and governance in Sindh”.
The second disagreement with the establishment concerned the then country’s spy master Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.
“I could not even believe that corruption was not a problem for ‘powerful neighborhoods’ and that they would force these criminals into the country, but unfortunately it did happen,” said the 69-year-old cricketer who became a politician.
Earlier, Khan made a veiled dig in the powerful army for allowing the opposition’s decisive no-confidence motion filed against him to be a success, saying he had warned the “neutrals” that if the “conspiracy” were to succeed, the country’s fragile economic recovery go into a “tailspin”.
Khan took to social media after the Pakistani rupee continued to depreciate, reaching 193 Rs against the US dollar, the lowest in the country’s history.
He said the “imported government” did nothing because the market was waiting for action.
Since his ouster, he has accused the United States of conspiring against his government – a position refuted by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s incumbent government.
State institutions such as the judiciary and the military have been heavily criticized by pro-Khan supporters since their leaders were ousted by a no-confidence motion.
Since then, Khan has held several public gatherings in various cities and branded the new government as “traitors and corrupt rulers” who are alleged to have been forced on behalf of the United States.

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