- Khurram Dastagir said he had preliminary information that Khan wanted to purge the opposition.
- The opposition included Shehbaz Sharif, Ahsan Iqbal and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
- According to him, the coalition was formed only because Khan had fascist plans to attack this country.
Speaking on Saturday’s TV show, Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir said he had preliminary information that Khan wanted to completely remove all opposition leadership, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and incumbent Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Ahsan Iqbal and former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Supporting his statement, the minister recalled that the former prime minister had also announced that 100 judges would be hired to expedite cases against his political opponents, Dawn reported.
Asked what prompted his party to assume power in the country for only a year and a half, he said: “The coalition was formed only because Mr. Khan had fascist plans to attack this country.”
Responding to a statement made by Dastagir during the show, a clip he uploaded to his Twitter account, PTI leader and ex-minister Ali Haider Zaidi said, “Khurram Dastagir openly admitted that Imran Khan’s constitutionally elected government was overthrown by a conspiracy. save the opposition from corruption cases. Too bad these thugs are killing now [destroying] economy.”
Khan, 69, was ousted from power in April after he lost a vote of no confidence in his leadership, which he claimed was part of a US-led conspiracy against him over his independent foreign policy decisions regarding Russia, China and Afghanistan. .
Since his dismissal, the cricketer-turned-politician has been protesting and calling for new elections because he says the current coalition government led by Prime Minister Sharif has been “imported” and is not a true representative of the Pakistani people.
Khan brought thousands of his PTI supporters to several cities in Pakistan for anti-government protests. The head of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who came to power in 2018, reportedly backed by the military, is the only Pakistani prime minister to be ousted in a vote of no confidence in parliament.