Imran hails PTV attack in talks with Alvi
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief was apparently pleased with
protesters storming the headquarters of Pakistan Television Network in
Islamabad's high-security "red zone" last year during the party's
four-month long sit-in outside Parliament, stating that the government
In a leaked but yet to be verified telephonic
conversation, Imran Khan told party leader Dr Arif Alvi that Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif's government deserved the attack.
In the audio recording, the PTI chief is heard saying,
"This is good" "They deserve it, the b*****ds you see, otherwise Nawaz
will not resign; he should resign before the joint session," he goes on
Hundreds of protesters allegedly belonging to the PTI and the
Pakistan Awami Tehreek briefly seized the state broadcaster on
September 1, 2014 at a time when the country was in the grip of an
intense political crisis spearheaded by Imran and PAT chief Tahirul
The phone conversation, which begins with Alvi informing Imran
about the attack, started making rounds on social media last night.
Shared by supporters and opponents alike, the video led to people
calling for an explanation.
Although, there has been no official
statement yet by the PTI on the 'phony' controversy, Alvi on Twitter
claimed that different conversations between him and PTI chief were
Just an hour after making the claim, Alvi
realised there was no denying this was a telephonic conversation and
tweeted further to make his case.
Although the Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan denied hearing a leaked
telephonic conversation between him and Arif Alvi, he was confident that
he did commit any offence and stated that taping conversations was
itself a crime.
"This is a crime," he said. "I haven't heard the audio but I can tell… I wouldn't have committed a crime."
PTI chief also didn't miss an opportunity to take a jibe at certain a
political party, saying he was sure he didn't order to kill someone, and
to collect extortion money to be sent to London (on the call).
He also said he could procure an audio clip of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, insisting it was not a big deal.
'PTI will come out on streets'
the agreement between his party and the federal government to form a
judicial commission for investigation into the alleged rigging of 2013
general elections, the PTI chairman said the Pakistan Muslim
League-Nawaz (PML-N) now wanted to amend the MoU signed between both the
"We were notified yesterday that the PML-N is willing to amend the MoU," he said.
argued that the PTI showed flexibility for the country's sake, and did
not want the deadlock to continue. He also said there will be no further
talks on the judicial commission.
"We stand by the agreement shown by the media," he said. "If the PML-N backs out, we will come out on streets to get justice."
He also said that the PML-N's reluctance means it is afraid their rigging will be exposed.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar; however, denied the development, saying that perhaps Imran has some misunderstanding.-NNI