Govt paid money to IB to frustrate sit-in: Imran Khan

The cricketer-turned politician alleges that the prime minister paid Rs2.7 billion to the Intelligence Bureau just before the start of our sit in last August.

By Our Correspondent

Published: Tue 18 Nov 2014, 9:53 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:22 AM

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has alleged that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had paid the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Rs2.7 billion to sabotage the Islamabad sit-in.

Imran in contact with some terrorist groups: Minister

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islamabad — As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) prepares to bring the government to a grinding halt on November 30, the ruling party has accused Imran Khan of collaborating with “terrorist groups” in a bid to create lawlessness in the country.

But Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, who levelled the allegation at a Press conference, here did not explain who these terrorist outfits were. He simply said: “We have credible information the PTI leadership has now outsourced the task of creating a law and order situation during its Nov 30 rally in the capital.”

When asked to elaborate, the minister stuck to recounting how PTI workers, in collaboration with activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and armed with iron cutters and cranes, had broken into the Red Zone and later attacked the Pakistan Television (PTV) building and even stormed the lawns of Parliament House.

“You don’t see these characters during PTI’s daily “light and sound” show at D-Chowk; they are only called out for special tasks,” the minister said, adding, “The government is watching them closely and we will take all necessary action.

Talking about the warrants issued for the arrest of Imran and other PTI leaders by an Anti-Terrorist Court, the minister contended that it was the court that had directed police to take necessary action and that “the government has nothing do with this”.

When reminded that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said that the government had no intention of arresting the PTI chairman, he said the government didn’t want to use force against Imran and his party.

“IB’s total budget is Rs200 million while the PML-N gave the agency Rs2.7 billion to flop our sit-ins,” Imran alleged while addressing a huge rally in Jhelum on Sunday. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the step just before the start of our sit in last August” Imran said and claimed that the government was giving the IB more money to counter PTI’s November 30 rally in the federal capital.

He also alleged that the government was spending Rs10 billion on advertisements in the media and Rs3 billion monthly on “propaganda TV commercials” against the PTI rally.

“The government is recovering this Rs10 billion amount by charging Pakistani people Rs35 as television fee,” he said adding that the PTV is being used for political propaganda of ruling party and maligning the opposition.

He promised that if voted to power, his government would ensure merit in each and every sector. “I will neither open bank accounts in foreign countries nor purchase any property outside my country if I become a prime minister,” he claimed. “Pakistan will become a prosperous country and people from other countries will come here for jobs,” he said, adding that pro-people policies could make the country prosperous.

The PTI chief said Pakistan had enough resources which would be utilised and spent properly on education and health of its people. “Youth is our best resource which should be utilised by creating job opportunities for them,” he said.

He said this country can be changed. It’s a difficult task but not impossible. “This country can change, if 200 honest and talented people are appointed on important positions,” he said.

He announced to address a rally in Larkana on Friday. “We will stand with the middle class and professional class of Sindh as well as peasants and will break the chain of fear among the people of Sindh,” he said. He said he would break ‘Nawaz-Zardari partnership’ through his continuous struggle. -news

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