Pakistan: (Ex-PM)Imran opens up on imposition of martial law


As former ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) upped the ante for its much-hyped long march to the federal capital, former prime minister and party chief Imran Khan was asked about his response about possibility of the imposition of martial law as a result of the long march.

He was asked the question by a journalist during his brief interaction with the media after he was granted interim bail in the prohibited funding case by a court in Islamabad on Monday.

The journalist asked Imran about his reaction if martial law was imposed as a consequence of his long march to the capital. Imran, in his brief reply, said: “Martial law was not imposed when [JUI-F Amir] Fazlur Rehman marched on Islamabad.”

Former premier was also asked several times about his return to the National Assembly after winning Sunday’s by-elections, but he did not answer.

Later, while addressing the media, Imran said the nation had rejected the “imported government” and reiterated his call for early elections, saying the government is being given “some more time” before he gives the final date for the party’s long march.

“I am giving them (government) some more time for the sake of the country and I repeat that they still have time to announce elections,” said the PTI chief.

“If they do not, I will begin my march as the preparations are almost complete,” said Imran a day after almost clean-sweeping by-polls on eight NA