In response to calls for a ban on his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, the party’s chief, has declared that he would establish a new political entity to participate in the forthcoming general elections and secure victory, as reported by Dawn citing Nikkei Asia.
The demand for a ban on PTI emerged following widespread protests on May 9, which were followed by a crackdown on the demonstrators and the party itself. Prominent government figures, including Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, advocated for the ban, presenting it as the only viable solution.
Even Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Foreign Minister, stated that his party would not resist any move to impose a ban on PTI.
Addressing the potential consequences of a ban on his political career, Imran Khan responded to Nikkei Asia, asserting, “If they remove the party, then we will form a party with a new name and still win the elections.” He further expressed unwavering confidence in his supporters, stating that even if he were disqualified or imprisoned, PTI would emerge victorious.
Imran Khan emphasized that his party’s support base remains intact, claiming that the landscape of national politics has undergone a fundamental transformation.
Regarding the ongoing crackdown on PTI, Imran Khan accused the government of attempting to weaken his party through intimidation tactics.
As the debate surrounding the possible ban on PTI continues, Imran Khan remains resolute in his determination to participate in the upcoming general elections, should the need arise, under a new political banner, reaffirming his belief in securing electoral success.