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Imran, Qadri have army, ISI's backing: Hashmi

02 September, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Making startling disclosures, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi on Monday quoted PTI chief Imran Khan as saying that "the badge bearers", a reference to the army, wanted the PTI protesters to move along with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri.

Addressing journalists outside parliament, the PTI president complained that he was disappointed with the attitude of the PTI chief. "Imran Khan said we can't move forward without the army. ... Imran Khan also said that all the matters had been decided and there will be elections in September," Javed Hashmi claimed, adding that it appeared as if everything had been planned in advance. He further said that "a hijacked PTI has come here".

"We have been held hostage". Javed Hashmi said while adding that he is still the president of PTI "because Imran Khan did not follow the provisions of the constitution in sacking him".

"Imran Khan should have gone through the party's constitution first. ...I regret to say that Imran Khan breached every promise he made to me," the elderly politician said. Making one disclosure after another, he said that Imran Khan did not even have regard for the constitution. Hashmi said he would even sacrifice his life for upholding the sanctity of parliament, Supreme Court and other institutions of the country.

He claimed that he will sacrifice his life for the supremacy of the constitution and protection of the state institutions. He said protection of the National Assembly and Senate is part of his faith. Hashmi said parliament is the forum which gives opportunity to the elected representatives from different parts of the country to meet each other. It was the unanimous decision of the party leadership, he said, that we will not go towards the Prime Minister's House.

Hashmi said party leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jehangir Tareen, Asad Umar, Arif Alvi and Pervaiz Khattak were all agreed on this decision. Hashmi also claimed that a scripted political crisis is being engineered in Pakistan has led to widespread speculation among analysts that a version of the "Bangladesh Model" may be in the works. The "Bangladesh Model", a soft coup, is based on the idea that the political system must be cleansed of corrupt elements for the welfare of the public, which perhaps has been left incapacitated to elect honest leaders.

The model works on the premise that the military and judiciary must intervene to help differentiate the "right" from the "wrong" before it is too late. The model stipulates that democracy that follows such a "cleansing" is therefore of a truer form since the people have been rightly "guided" and are now able to make informed decisions. He also disclosed that Imran Khan forced party members to resign. "I advised Khan not to take any short-cut for the government", he said.

Denying being a part of a conspiracy, Hashmi said Imran guaranteed him that democracy will not be derailed and there wouldn't be any martial law. "Not only me, but several members of PTI's core committee expressed concerns that Imran Khan is following someone's instructions. When we questioned, Imran's reply was army," said Hashmi. He also said that Imran told him that PM Nawaz will soon be overthrown by judges, saying a "friendly' judge" was coming to SC who will expel Nawaz and Shahbaz.

PTI rebuffs allegations; denies covert agenda

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari has said that party Chairman Imran Khan took the crucial decision of parting ways with Javed Hashmi after the latter accused him of lying.

In a statement issued on Monday, Shireen Mazari said that despite levelling of serious allegations by Hashmi, the PTI adopted the constitutional way and issued him a show-cause notice. She said if Hashmi thought the PTI was linked to the army then he should have immediately resigned. "The fact is that there was no such talk in any meeting nor is there any such covert agenda," she said.

Mazari said that the chairman had said from day one that if the legal venues of redress failed to give justice over PTI's appeals against rigging, then the party would come out on the roads to protest.


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