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PTI chief Imran addresses nation

PTI chief Imran addresses nation

PTI Chairman Imran Khan is currently addressing the nation.

His address comes a day after hours-long clashes were reported between PTI workers and the capital police on Saturday after the former prime minister arrived at the Federal Judicial Complex to attend a hearing in the Toshakhana case.

Meanwhile, as Imran left his Za­­man Park residence to appear before the judge, a heavy contingent of police launched a search operation at his house.

At the outset of his address, Imran said: “I wanted to talk to you all last night but I couldn’t. It was good that I didn’t because I was angry. And a person should not talk when he is angry.”

He asked what exactly his crime was, saying that the entire nation knew that he always respected the law. Imran alleged that 96 cases had been registered against him.

“Whenever I leave the house, more cases are registered against me. Who is doing this? The criminals responsible for doing this to the country are the ones registering cases against me.”

He alleged that the coalition government was behind the attempt on his life in Wazirabad, adding that they had the backing of “handlers”.

Lashing out at interim Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, Imran said: “He considers Zardari a father. What would his character be then?”

Giving a rundown of the past couple of weeks, Imran said that the elections in Punjab were announced for April 30, following which the PTI decided to initiate its election campaign by holding a rally in Lahore on March 8.

“On the night of March, it was decided with the police how the rally would proceed and the police approved it. We got permission. The next day, as we are about to start, everyone starts saying that police contingents are here and placing containers.”

He said that as police appeared clad in riot control gear, it was revealed that Section 144 had been imposed in Lahore. “When elections have been announced, how can Section 144 be imposed? Has this happened before in Pakistan’s history?”

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