Multan (July 31, 2017): Senior politician Javed Hashmi, formerly associated with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, said on Monday that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had informed him of his plans to dissolve the parliament during the 2014 Islamabad sit-in.
Addressing a press conference in Multan, Javed Hashmi said that he considered himself standing in Ka’bah and was saying it on oath that he had told Imran Khan the technocrat system would be the initiation of martial law in Pakistan. “When I told Imran Khan to take back his statement on the technocrat system, only then did he take his words back”, Hashmi added.
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Hashmi said that his statements are under oath before the nation.
The senior politician said that other party leaders including Arif Alvi and Shirien Mazari had come to him and requested him to talk Pakistan out of attacking the parliament.
Hashmi alleged that PTI leaders Arif Alvi and Shireen Mazari told him that Imran was ready to attack the parliament.
“They (PTI leaders) appeared quite concerned, they asked me to make Imran understand,” said the senior politician.He said that he talked to Imran Khan and he agreed to the pleadings. He added that Asad Umar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jahangir Tareen were also present on the occasion. But suddenly Imran decided to move ahead and attack the parliament, he said.
Lashing out at former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, Javed Hashmi said that Musharraf was a coward and a scoundrel who had no shame whatsoever. “Musharraf removed the constitution, he isn’t respectable for me”, he said.
Javed Hashmi also came down heavy on the judges’ verdict on Panama Leaks, saying that the international media abhorred the court decision.
He called for General Zaheer ul-Islam’s court martial and also demanded Justice Asif Saeed Khosa’s case to be sent to Supreme Judicial Council.Javed Hashmi said that he was Sports minister when the former captain and current chairman of PTI, Imran Khan had left Pakistan team for Kerry Packer World Series in 1977. “We kept requesting him not to sale Pakistan for Kerry Packer series but he did”, said Hashmi.
Hashmi said that Imran earlier said that after departure of Justice Tassaduq Jilani, the upcoming judges would break the parliament.
“Imran told me that judges after Tassaduq Gilani would dissolve the parliament. He (Imran) said parliament would be dissolved after that,” Hashmi said.Then Nawaz would resign too, Hashmi quoted Imran as saying. He added that the PTI chief said that elections would take place in September and his party would be able to form government.
“Imran Khan can contradict whatever I am saying after taking oath,” said Hashmi.
He further said that he was offered not to resign from PTI and form a forward bloc of the party.
Hashmi added that he denied the offer, saying that he wasn’t there to end Imran’s party.
The former PTI leader also said that he is not wishful of any rank or position, adding that he always prayed to stay on the path of righteousness.