Headline: Imran Khan Reveals Refusal of Establishment’s Proposal, Accuses PML-N and ECP of Election Hijack Plans
In a recent court case related to the marriage of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi during her Iddat period, a local court in Islamabad has reserved its verdict. The decision is expected to be announced by Senior Civil Judge Qudrat Ullah at Adiala Jail today.
During a recess, Imran Khan disclosed to journalists that he had engaged in backchannel communication with the military establishment through Bushra Bibi. He asserted having declined a proposed deal, providing no details on the nature of the offer.
The defense counsel concluded cross-examinations of key figures in the case, including Khawar Fareed Maneka, Aun Chaudhry, and Mufti Saeed. During the proceedings, allegations were made against Mufti Saeed’s involvement in a 1995 coup attempt known as ‘Operation Khalifa.’
Imran Khan’s counsel also cross-examined Khawar Fareed Maneka, questioning his silence from 2017 to Nov 24, 2023. The lawyer suggested that the complaint filed by Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband was an afterthought and made under duress.
Khawar Fareed Maneka, addressing the media, denied enjoying privileges during PTI’s government and claimed to have learned about his ex-wife’s marriage through the media. He stated that assurances from Jahangir Tareen regarding reversing the Nikkah did not materialize.
Imran Khan, during a break, confirmed backchannel talks with the establishment but asserted rejecting the offered deal. He claimed that the establishment proposed he stand down for three years in exchange for a future political role, which he refused.
Expressing concern over the upcoming elections, Imran Khan accused PML-N and the Election Commission of Pakistan of planning to hijack them. He urged all political parties to vigilantly monitor the voting process and ensure the proper signing of Form-45 at polling stations.
Imran Khan also alleged that former army chief Gen Bajwa conspired against his government from the beginning and delayed plans for a regime change due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, he provided no explanation for granting Gen Bajwa an extension if suspicions existed.
Imran Khan further claimed that the former army chief fabricated the cipher case against him and accused Gen Bajwa of advising him not to raise the issue in public. Additionally, he denied considering the elevation of former ISI chief Faiz Hamid to the position of army chief, alleging that Gen Bajwa conveyed this misinformation to the PML-N.