Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has termed the reign of General Pervez Musharraf as the worst in the country’s history claiming it has weakened the federation leading to a sense of deprivation.
In an interview with The Nation newspaper published yesterday he claimed the incumbent ruling set-up comprises “a bunch of mischievous people” and alleged that the corruption done by the ruling politicians was “beyond compare.”
Khan alleged that operatives of secret agencies worked for creating a rift among the ranks of political opposition. He said the basic motives of any dictator had been to weaken the democratic institutions, undermine the prestige of judiciary and render the bureaucracy completely ineffective.
“This leads to the decline of values of equality and social justice which causes suppression, chaos and disorder,” he said.
Khan was of the view that the situation prevailing in the country today was similar to that of East Pakistan and said the people in Baluchistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas are being ill treated.
He said that his party had stated a campaign against the government and talks with Qazi Hussain Ahmed’s Jamaat-e-Islami and Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) had been fruitful in this regard whereas efforts were under way to bring other parties into the fold of anti-government camp.
Khan claimed that holding of free, fair and transparent elections is impossible in the presence of Musharraf. “That is why we demand installation of an independent interim government for ensuring transparent elections in the country,” he said.
To a question about his party’s taking part in the next general elections in the presence of Musharraf, he said, “the decision in this regard would be taken on the platform of the joint opposition.”
He warned that Benazir Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would suffer irreparable losses if it struck a deal with Musharraf.
None of the political parties’ workers have struggled and rendered sacrifices against the dictatorship like that of the PPP and it will be sad to render them in vain,” he said.
Khan asked the PPP leadership to make the things clear before the workers about the report of a deal. “The party leaders must remove the ambiguity in the minds of its workers,” he maintained.
Sharif and Bhutto, he said, will definitely return the moment the political atmosphere becomes favourable for them.
Sharif is being kept outside the country by force and this act of the government has no legal justification. The agreement, if the government keeps with it, does not have any standing,” he said.
Khan further said that the opposition parties were presently coming up with a forceful anti-government movement. “The elections would come next when a schedule is announced, and hopefully all the parties will join hands,” he said.
Favouring establishment of an alliance with any opposition political party, Khan said only those public representatives will get elected in elections, who are committed to the real democracy and have anti-American sentiments.
He regretted that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz visited his constituency in Mianwali but did not announce any development package for the backward district.
Source: Gulf Times