‘Imran’s long march may get bloody’


Speaking to the media in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, Rasheed said that there would be no peace “in a country where a drug dealer is the interior minister”….reports Asian Lite News

Former Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has expressed fear that former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming long march may turn “bloody” and worsen the situation in the country, media reports said.

His statement comes over a day after he claimed that PML-N leaders are planning to kill him and and are trying to attack the long march, Geo News reported.

He had said his life is in danger because the Sharif family and other PML-N leaders want to get rid of him, the report said.

Speaking to the media in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, Rasheed said that there would be no peace “in a country where a drug dealer is the interior minister”.

“These people want to take the situation elsewhere, but we pray that peace prevails in the country,” he said, adding that fighting has started on the streets for which he held Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah responsible.

He also reiterated his support for Imran Khan, saying he will stand by him in the long march, Geo News reported.

The former minister said that people whose faces the public did not want to see have been given power.

“The situation in the country is bad and these issues should be resolved by May 31,” he said, adding that a date for an election should be finalised within 90 days.

Meanwhile, ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday openly called out the Joe Biden administration of the US for its alleged involvement in a regime change “conspiracy” in Pakistan, Geo News reported.

Ex-prime minister Khan repeatedly blamed the US for backing the no-confidence motion — that lead to his ouster on April 10 — and refused to accept the newly-elected premier Shehbaz Sharif, saying “there can’t be any bigger insult to this country”.

But the Joe Biden administration denied any role in the process.

Khan, in a tweet, asked the Biden administration whether its involvement in the regime change “conspiracy” had lessened or increased the anti-American sentiment in Pakistan.

“My question for the Biden Administration: By indulging in a regime change conspiracy to remove a democratically elected PM of a country of over 220 mn people to bring in a puppet PM, do you think you have lessened or increased anti-American sentiment in Pakistan,” Khan said, Geo News reported.

Officials of the incumbent government have repeatedly said that Khan is blaming America for his ouster as he had failed to deliver during his tenure, but the PTI chairman remains adamant that the US, in collaboration with the then Opposition, was behind his ouster.

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