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Pakistan: Shah Mehmood to 'lead PTI' if Imran Khan gets disqualified Imran Khan
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Pakistan: Shah Mehmood to 'lead PTI' if Imran Khan gets disqualified

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 28 May 2023, 10:06 am

Islamabad/IBNS: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that the party's Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi would lead the party in case of the former President's disqualification by a court.

“If I am disqualified, Shah Mehmood Qureshi will run the party,” Khan said on Saturday in a meeting with journalists and lawyers at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore.

The statement comes as the PTI chief has been facing a slew of cases ranging from corruption to terrorism since being ousted from power in April last year.

On May 9, he was arrested in a 190 million pounds Al-Qadir Trust case by Rangers personnel in compliance with National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrest warrants.

He was released around four days after the Supreme Court declared his arrest illegal, Geo news reports.

Khan’s arrest on May 9 triggered a countrywide violent protest with supporters ransacking and torching defence and public installations across the country.

Subsequently, the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC) comprising top civil and military leadership vowed to try rioters under relevant laws including the Army Act.

Commenting on the mass departure of leaders from his party over the May 9 vandalism, the PTI chief put up a brave face saying the situation is going to change soon.

“I will give a big surprise in the coming days,” he added.

Khan said some party leaders were leaving the party under compulsion while some had been exposed.

Calling the youth, a major asset of his party, Khan said the party ticket was their right and added that PTI will win the next general elections despite desertions of the party leaders.

He also called for holding a referendum to gauge the popularity of his party among the masses.

The former PM hit out at the coalition government for “destroying” the country's economy and reiterated that there is no solution to the prevailing crisis except elections.