‘Imran Khan not capable of contesting elections’
MULTAN: Veteran politician Javed Hashmi on Tuesday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan is not capable of contesting elections, ARY News reported.
Hashmi’s remarks comes just days after PTI lost crucial election in NA-120 in Lahore where Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) regained their seat after the ouster of Nawaz Sharif.
“I do not want to weaken him. He should be growing stronger,” he said speaking to mediapersons at the Multan Press Club. “Instead he is making mistakes and creating differences within the party.”
Hashmi said that Imran Khan is not capable of running elections today, and that the popularity of the PTI is gradually declining.
He said he told the PTI chief three years ago that such campaigns would tire his supports and weaken the party to no avail, resulting in empty chairs during campaigns now.
He further said the biggest conspiracies today are against the PML-N. He said that if Kulsoom Nawaz is elected as prime minister, then this means that there is no more confidence in Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Hashmi said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) were nearing their political demise. However, he said that he did not wish to see this happen and both parties should continue to survive.
He was referring to the independent candidates backed by non-registered political parties who bagged more votes than the PPP and JI candidates in NA-120 by-election. However, Hashmi said the ‘religion-based vote’ which traditionally went to the PML-N was being snatched through a conspiracy.
Hashmi maintained that the judiciary’s verdicts were not fair and independent and the it was still being used for politically-motivated judgments. “Remember that Zia-ul-Haq had ordered the court to hang (Zulfikar Ali) Bhutto,” he said.