South Asia

Imran ready for ‘final match’ with Nawaz

In this August 16, 2014 photo, Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan raises fist to his supporters during an anti-government rally in Islamabad.

In this August 16, 2014 photo, Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan raises fist to his supporters during an anti-government rally in Islamabad.   | Photo Credit: Anjum Naveed

The cricketer-turned-politician's remarks come after cleric Tahirul Qadri issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday said he along with thousands of his supporters is ready for a “final match” against Nawaz Sharif who was involved in an “electoral match-fixing”, after cleric Tahirul Qadri issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the embattled Prime Minister to resign.

Mr. Khan, who led Pakistan to the World Cup victory in 1992, warned the PML-N government that his supporters >could enter the high-security Red Zone in Islamabad if Mr. Sharif, who has been in power for over an year, refuses to quit.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman said that a final match would be played on Sunday which will be decisive day in the history of Pakistan.

“Ppl know NS (Sharif) along with ROs (Returning Officers) & caretakers were all involved in 2013 electoral match fixing. They will not accept it,” the cricketer-turned-politician tweeted.





In the 2013 general elections, Mr. Sharif had won by a landslide, taking 190 out of 342 seats. Mr. Khan’s PTI got 34, the third largest bloc in the legislature. But he claimed his party should have had many more seats.

“Nawaz Sharif should resign as ppl have given their verdict on fraudulent elections by coming out in huge nos 4 PTI Tsunami,” he said.









“With fraudulent mandate, NS has expanded family business, increased debt burden on nation & lived like an oil sheikh on taxpayer money,” he said in the tweet.





“We are not a party which has looted the country, come forward to accommodate the people who have travelled from far flung areas,” Mr. Khan said.

Both Mr. Khan and Mr. Qadri, who heads the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, started separate rallies from Lahore on Thursday and reached in the national capital after more than 35 hours. They are camping at different venues.

Mr. Khan warned that unless their demands are not met within a certain time period, his “tsunami” would cross into the Red Zone and protest in front of Parliament.

The heavily-guarded Red Zone is home to Parliament, the President and Prime Minister’s residences and foreign embassies.

“Don’t blame me if I failed to control these people (from entering high security area). I can control them until tomorrow (Sunday) night,” he said on Saturday.





On the other hand, Mr. Qadri presented a list of 14 demands in which he demanded that the Sharif government resign and the (Provincial) Assemblies are dissolved “within 48 hours”.

Mr. Khan is protesting against alleged rigging of last year polls while Mr. Qadri had announced to bring a revolution in the country.

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