Pakistan's Opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari claimed to send Prime Minister Imran Khan packing home by the year while speaking to the media outside Adiala Jail Rawalpindi after meeting with his father and former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.
Bhutto added that his party, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would back the religious party in Pakistan, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F)'s 'Azadi March' to oust the Imran Khan government.
He said, "We are adamant on my word, that before the year ends, Imran Khan will have to go home."
"PPP thinks if governments are sent home by the sit-in politics, the system is harmed. However, my principles and morals obviously differ but if the government, state, democratic rights, economic rights, and human rights are constantly attacked then I will be compelled to take part not only in a long march or protests but also to have a sit-in at Islamabad," he said.
Bhutto reiterated that Imran Khan was the "selected" but not "elected" in the election. Earlier on September 24, the Pakistani politician warned the country's powerful military establishment to send its 'selected' Prime Minister Imran Khan 'home' by January or face massive protests.
Pakistan's Opposition party accused Imran Khan's government of failing to save the country from falling on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and lambasted the Prime Minister over his statement that terror organisation Al Qaeda was trained by the Pakistan Army and intelligence agency ISI. Earlier the chairman of PPP had sought an explanation from the Pakistan Foreign Ministry for Imran Khan's statement on Al Qaeda.
A major right-wing religious party in Pakistan announced on Thursday that it will begin its 'Azadi March' on October 27 to oust the "incompetent" government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, blaming him for the economic woes of the cash-strapped country.
This was announced by Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam - Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman after they agreed that the "incompetent and incapable" government of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that has completed one year in power must be ousted.
The Pakistan government's biggest challenge was to save an economy facing a balance of severe payments crisis. Within the first eight months, Khan has made visits to long-time allies China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar, securing some USD 9 billion in loans to shore up the economy.
But the economic woes persist as growth continues to be slow, the rupee plummeting and inflation rising beyond 10% Opposition parties have alleged that Khan, the 66-year-old cricketer-turned-politician won the 2018 general election with the tacit backing of the powerful military, which plays a dominant role in politics in Pakistan.
(With PTI inputs)