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‘No deal’ with establishment, says Imran Khan


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PESHAWAR: PTI Chairman Imran Khan Friday rebutted rumours of his party striking a deal with the establishment and said that he ended the long march to avoid bloodshed.

In a surprise move on Thursday morning, Imran Khan gave a six-day ultimatum to the government to announce the election date, warning to return with three million people after chaos gripped the country and the army had to be called in for the protection of government buildings in Islamabad.

In a press conference — flanked by KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and PTI leader Atif Khan a day after the violent long march came to an abrupt end — said he witnessed anger among the masses after the police crackdown on party leaders across major cities.

“I had observed the anger among the people against the police after what they did to stop the march, and there was a fear that if we continue to march as announced, the country would plunge into chaos and anarchy.”

The PTI chairman slammed the government for the “brutal” crackdown against the protesters, saying Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah deployed police officers of his choice to crack down on the PTI workers.

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