Imran Khan: Qureshi came with formula for PTI workers’ release from jails

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: During an informal talk in the courtroom, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Thursday that Shah Mehmood Qureshi had come with a formula for the release of the PTI workers from jails.

“The pound equals four hundred rupees. How will I survive if I go abroad? Their properties and billions of dollars lie abroad. I have nothing out of the country,” he said to a question about leaving Pakistan.

“Brutality is being committed to women and children. This issue will be raised at international forums,” he said.

“Every civilised society has a transparent system for investigation. We have evidence that who was behind all the incidents [of May 9]. Action should be taken against those involved in the violent incidents on May 9,” he added.

“Those who protested peacefully are being arrested. There has never been a minus in democracy to date. In a democracy, it is the public that minuses someone,” he stated.

The PTI chairman rejected any bitterness with Shah Mehmood Qureshi. “Who said there is bitterness?”

To a question about meeting with Shah Mehmood Qureshi, he said: “What would a meeting with Shah Mehmood Qureshi be like? He had been in jail for a month. Our people’s houses are being destructed, and they are being arrested.”

The PTI chairman smiled at the question about the party leaders leaving the PTI and joining the new party. “I say good luck to the politicians who left PTI and joined the new party.”

He added that peaceful protest was a constitutional right, emphasising that transparent elections were the solution to the problems.

While granting protective bail to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved the ruling on six bail pleas of the PTI chairman for permanent bail.

“This court grants you protective bail. Go to the court concerned,” IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq said to the PTI chairman who had filed bail pleas in six cases registered over May 9 incidents.

“Six new cases had been registered during the illegal arrest of the PTI chairman,” lawyer Salman Safdar stated before the court.

“Details of the six cases had been provided in the court of Justice Hassan Aurangzeb,” he added.

“This court had ordered to conduct hearing of the petition of the PTI chairman in the judicial complex,” he pointed out.

“Other pleas should also be ordered to be heard in the judicial complex,” he demanded.