Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan is addressing a power show in Peshawar in which he is expected to respond to the tirade of the ruling coalition over his ‘controversial’ remarks on the appointment of army chief.
Earlier, premising a fitting response to the “deliberate distorting” of his words to “malign” him, Imran hinted at a possible rebuttal to the onslaught he has faced for his statements against the army chief’s selection process.
Am following intense propaganda launched by PDM cabal of crooks against me.This stems from their being petrified of PTI's soaring popularity. Today in Peshawar jalsa I will give proper reply to all those who have deliberately been distorting my words to malign me.Enough is enough
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 6, 2022
Addressing a public rally at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad on Sunday, the former prime minister had alleged that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari wanted to appoint the army chief of their choice because if a “strong and patriotic army chief” came, they would be questioned about their "loot".
The comments soon descended into a national controversy with condemnations flying in from all sides.
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other ruling coalition leaders had on Monday condemned Imran Khan’s ‘poisonous’ allegations.
Even President Dr Arif Alvi had distanced himself from the deposed premier's remarks concerning the army chief and said that he should “clarify the comments himself”.
Meanwhile, during a hearing concerning the ban on live broadcasting of the PTI chief’s speeches, the Islamabad High Court had expressed displeasure over the statements as well.
CJ Minallah had remarked that Imran “should first decide what he wants” and that he should not “expect that courts will give any relief after doing all this”. “You should also hold yourself accountable,” the court had said referring to the PTI chief.
Later in the day, the Pakistan Army had also issued a statement saying it was “aghast at the defamatory and uncalled for statement about the senior leadership of Pakistan Army by [the] chairman PTI during a political rally at Faisalabad”.
The PTI leaders however had sprung to the defence of their party chief after Pakistan Army expressed anger at Imran Khan’s remarks, saying that the statement did not mean to cause any harm to the institution.