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Imran claims that the negotiations could lead to the overthrow of the PML-N government

Imran claims that the negotiations could lead to the overthrow of the PML-N government

The former prime minister says he wants to negotiate for the sake of Pakistan, not for himself or the government

RAWALPINDI:

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founding chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that any negotiations with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) could lead to the fall of their government.

During an informal chat with the media at the £190 million landmark case hearing, the jailed former prime minister expressed his desire to negotiate for the benefit of Pakistan, not personal or government interest.

“I want to negotiate for Pakistan, not for myself or the government,” he said.

Imran reiterated his willingness to take a step back if it is for the benefit of the country, saying: “Convince me that it is for the benefit of the country and I will take a step back.”

He criticized the current government for not cutting spending and creating an investment-friendly environment. “The country is in crisis,” the former prime minister said.

“The government has not reduced its spending, which is worrying. The current government has failed to create an environment for investment.”

Imran argued that Pakistan needs a mandate-based government for necessary reforms, pointing out that the current budget highlights the limitations of a non-mandate government. He condemned heavy taxation on professionals and the public, predicting severe impacts on future electricity bills.

Imran lamented broken promises to clear Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), where power cuts are widespread.

He criticized the ongoing problem of power theft in various regions, asking where the public should turn for solutions. “Electricity theft is an old problem. It is also happening in Hyderabad, Sindh and Quetta,” he said.

Imran also complained that he was barred from meeting Ali Amin Gandapur, despite not having refused a meeting himself. He noted the lack of unity within political parties and criticized Maryam Nawaz for spending extravagantly on self-promotion.

Imran announced plans to file cases against senior officials and the colonel of Adiala jail, accusing Ahsan Iqbal of contempt for suggesting he be jailed for five years.

He questioned the rule of law, criticizing recent judicial and administrative actions.

He also criticized the amendments to the NAB laws, claiming that they were made to hide corruption. “How can someone who organized a fraudulent election get justice?” Imran asked.

He warned that additional borrowing would be needed to pay off the national debt and urged the judiciary to support the weak rather than the strong.