ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan defended his party's NA-154 candidate Ali Tareen on Wednesday, alleging that PML-N had spent money to win the by-election.
PTI chief Imran Khan arrived at the Anti-Terrorism Court on Thursday to attend a hearing pertaining to the SSP Asmatullah torture case.
Stringent security measures were taken ahead of Imran Khan's arrival. The PTI chief arrived at the court and spoke to media officials.
"I do not need any protocol, I am a normal individual," he said. "Nawaz Sharif is the Mughal-e-Azam."
Imran Khan said that he was an ordinary citizen and had arrived at the court to prove the same. He said that PTI would ensure that the rule of law is established in the country.
In response to a question as to whether or not PTI's dynastic politics had been rejected, Imran Khan praised Ali Tareen and said that he was a young candidate who had secured 91,000 votes.
"In order to win the election, PML-N spent a huge sum of money," he alleged. "In response, Ali Tareen fought an election against the government and got 91,000 votes. It is a huge achievement," he said.
Imran Khan said that by-elections did not demonstrate the voting trend since PML-N had also lost scores of by-elections to PML-Q during the Musharraf era.
Imran Khan said that the ruling party was trying to put pressure on the courts in order to secure another NRO. He said that Nawaz Sharif's corruption had never been exposed since he always made deals to secure himself.
"Nawaz Sharif got an NRO with Musharraf for the first time when he fled to Saudi Arabia," he said. "The second time he secured another NRO was when he signed the Charter of Democracy with Benazir."
Imran lashed out at Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, stating that the younger Sharif had gotten scores of innocent people killed extra judicially at the hands of Punjab Police throughout the years.
Hearing of the case was adjourned till February 26. Imran Khan filed a request with the court to grant him immunity from appearing at the next hearing. He also filed another petition with the court to declare him innocent.
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Story first published: 15th February 2018