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Imran Khan says Eagle Eying his Party Lawmakers

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Saying that he was eagle-eying his party’s lawmakers, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan Wednesday trained his guns at the turncoats in PTI, media reported.

Imran Khan

Imran Khan

“I am watching them with an eagle eye. The ongoing “protestathon” is turning out to be a litmus test of loyalty to the cause as well the party. Some passed it with flying colors while others fell by the wayside”, Khan told his workers saying he was on the lookout for those who were faking it.

Khan claims the 2013 general election, which swept Sharif to power was heavily rigged.

Thousands of his followers have set up camp in Islamabad’s sensitive “Red Zone” government district since August 15. The PTI leader said the last twenty days of ordeal had separated the wheat from the chaff.

“I now can definitely tell who rose to the occasion by ‘walking the walk’ from those who fell to it by just ‘talking the talk’”, Khan said issuing a warning to those Insafians who failed to live up to party’s expectations.

An over critical PTI chief somberly disclosed that those who used this tsunami march to their ‘vested advantage’ now stood exposed.

“All the Judases and Brutuses are blipping on my radar. No matter how fatigued and under-slept I may be I’m not sleeping on my job”, said a stern-toned Khan.

Imran Khan announced that next time he would himself interview the aspirants before awarding them party tickets.

“If I hadn’t been so pressed for time back in the day, I would have personally talked to the ticket seekers”, Khan explained.

After dealing an admonitory tirade to defectors, Khan then took aim at those lawmakers who spewed venom against him in today’s joint session of the parliament.

“These hate-mongers are (toady) phony politicians”, Khan said. He said all the thieves sitting in the house were in ‘league’ against him.

“They are all now cursing me in chorus because there is always honor among thieves”, said the PTI chief.

Going ahead, Khan said he had no intention of calling the protests off any time soon, comparing them to Test cricket as opposed to the sport’s shorter Twenty20 form.

“It’s not a T20 match — it’s going to be a long match,” he said. In a later shotgun address, Khan said had they ( PTI workers) not hit the streets things would have never changed.

“It is the ‘power of our protest’ that is setting the age-old wrong record right. Now at least the next election will be free, fair, and transparent. Those who weren’t ready to even talk about the election rigging are now willing to form a judicial commission to probe it. It is a landmark achievement”, Khan said.

Meanwhile, opposition parties resumed talks with the government in a bid to end the political crisis rocking the country, but a stalemate over demands for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s resignation dragged on.

The fresh talks came after days of clashes between police and club-wielding anti-government protesters left three dead and hundreds injured, raising fears of an intervention by the powerful military that has ruled Pakistan for more than half its history.

Government negotiators met briefly with members of the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) party of cricketing legend Imran Khan — who has been leading the protests along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri — but they left without addressing the media.

Separate negotiations between Qadri and a cross-party team of opposition lawmakers were ongoing late Wednesday.

Middle Way Sought

Some of the pressure on Sharif eased Tuesday after opposition parties in parliament backed him to continue, and after a senior PTI member said Khan had acted on the army’s direction, damaging the movement’s credibility.

Parliament called a second emergency session on Wednesday, with senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi saying the party was willing to resume talks with the government in the presence of a cross-party team.

“We are ready to negotiate, ready to solve the matter, ready to break the silence. Imran Khan hasn’t done all this for himself or Tehreek-e-Insaaf, he has done it for the better future of Pakistan,” Qureshi said.

Khan’s party wants Sharif to step down for at least 30 days so that an impartial probe can be conducted into last year’s election. Both local and foreign observers rated the vote as relatively fair and credible.

A source close to the talks said: “All other matters have been resolved but the main issue is still on table, which is Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.

“We are trying to sort out a middle way out of it,” he added.

The military has issued a series of public advisories to the government in recent days on how the crisis should be tackled, leading to criticism that it is interfering.

Analysts and government figures have said the army may be using the crisis to its advantage to try to assert its dominance over the Sharif government.

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