Embattled Pakistani ex-PM Khan speaks to RT (VIDEO) — Analysis
Imran Khan claims that he is being tried for terrorism again.
An Pakistani court has granted Imran Khan temporary bail. The former prime minister of Pakistan was facing terrorist charges. This ruling protects Imran Khan from being arrested until September 1st, after which he may apply for an extension of his bail.
Khan spoke live to RT following the ruling and dismissed the accusations against him as purely politically motivated. This was an apparent attempt to remove him from the political arena. In addition to the terrorism allegations, Khan has been facing a variety of legal problems over the last few months. He is accused of concealing assets and laundering money, as well as receiving illegal funding from foreign nationals for his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI).
The country’s incumbent government “has lost all credibility and so it is compensating lack of credibility by imposing these draconian measures on us, they are clamping down on the media, they are clamping down against journalists,”Khan said to RT.
The accusation of inciting was strongly refuted by the former prime minister “terrorism,”Explaining that the accusations against Khan stem from comments he made regarding the abduction, torture, and sexual harassment of an associate of the police. Khan claimed that he only vowed legal action for the incident and that the remarks were not terrorist incitement. “in any sense of the word.”Yet, authorities continue to be “so desperate that they made this into a terrorist case,”He claimed.
“They are trying to ban me from politics because there’s a case of contempt against me,” the former PM added.
Khan, who was ousted in April by a parliamentary vote against confidence, claimed that the new authorities had initially expected Khan’s popularity to decline following his resignation from office. While such a situation is a common occurrence in Pakistan – where no prime minister served a full term since the foundation of the country after the end of British imperial rule – Khan’s popularity has been only growing, the ex-PM insisted, citing mass demonstrations in support of him. Khan said that Khan was grateful for the support from his family. “millions of people”The unprecedented act of support he received from the public was unheard in Pakistani History.
Khan stated that he felt happy that Khan’s court case had won him unprecedented support from the public. “On the other hand, it’s a bad time in Pakistan because we’re descending into fascism. We have a government which has no credibility amongst the people,”He described the government’s current state as “an” “imported” one.
He reiterated his claims that he was ousted by the ex-PM. “foreign-backed conspiracy.”Khan then claimed to have the transcript from a conversation between Pakistani Ambassador in Washington and US Undersecretary Of State. The senior US official had threatened Khan. “unless I Imran Khan was removed as a prime minister, in a no-confidence motion that still wasn’t tabled as [of] yet, that there would be consequences for Pakistan.”
“And he cites the trip I took to Russia, he cites that as one of the reasons,” Khan noted.
The politician said he had presented this transcript before the Pakistani parliament and the country’s national security council “because it was blatant interference from outside.”He also stated that US diplomat staff were meeting with members from his political party in an attempt to get them to support their leader. He concluded that all of it was nothing but a scandal. “regime change” operation.
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