Deposed Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had “fascist plans” to extend his rule for another 15 years and wanted the entire opposition leader disqualified by the end of this year, a senior PML-N minister claimed, according to a media report on Sunday. †
During a TV show on Saturday, Power Minister Khurram Dastagir said he had advance information that Imran Khan wanted to clean up the entire opposition leadership, including Pakistan Muslim League President-Nawaz (PML-N) and incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Ahsan. Iqbal and former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Backing up his claim, the minister recalled that the former prime minister had also announced that the services of 100 judges would be hired to expedite cases against his political opponents, Dawn newspaper reported.
When asked what made his party accept rule of the country for just a year and a half, he said: “The coalition was formed only because Mr Khan had fascist plans to attack this country.”
Commenting on Dastagir’s claim made during the show, a clip he uploaded to his Twitter account, PTI leader and ex-minister Ali Haider Zaidi said: “Khurram Dastagir openly admitted that Imran Khan’s constitutionally elected government was removed by a conspiracy to save the opposition from corruption cases. It’s a shame these crooks are killing now [destroying] the economy.”
Imran Khan, 69, was removed from power in April after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
Since his ouster, the cricketer turned politician has protested and called for new elections because, in his words, the incumbent coalition government led by Prime Minister Sharif had been “imported” and not a true representative of the Pakistani people.
Imran Khan has led his thousands of PTI supporters to various cities in Pakistan in anti-government protests. Pakistani leader Tehreek-e-Insaf, who came to power in 2018 reportedly backed by the military, is the only Pakistani prime minister to be ousted by a vote of no confidence in parliament.