Imran claims army’s support, says India behind Azadi March


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed that the Army stands behind him and he won’t give in to the opposition’s demand for his resignation, Pakistani media reports said.

He went on to say that India is behind the ‘Azadi March’ called by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

The Imran Khan-led government allowed the proposed Azadi March on the condition that it takes place within the ambit of the Constitution and it is a peaceful protest.

While talking to senior journalists, Imran Khan said, “Pakistan Army stands behind me and it fully supports the government agenda. The civil-military relations are based on trust and both enjoy this trust in each other. I will never leave the country and will bring the country out of difficulties.”

The prime minister sees a conspiracy behind the JUI-F chief’s protest which, he said, is driven by a certain agenda. When asked if has got any proof of a foreign agenda, he said there is no proof, but the timing of the march and the regional situation suggest that there is an Indian hand behind this.

“There is no question of my resignation and I will not resign. The protest is agenda-based, and it has foreign support,” he said.

The prime minister was of the view that the JUI-F’s plan to protest has sent a wave of joy in India. “I don’t understand what Maulana’s problem is and I am not able to understand the agenda of the opposition,” he said.

He acknowledged that inflation and unemployment remain a big problem which his government is trying to resolve.

When asked about the sit-in which he staged against the Nawaz government, Imran Khan said his sit-in was not baseless and he had proof of election rigging in four constituencies.

Islamabad, Oct 24 (IANS)


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