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Army never ‘nursed’ me, Imran says

Army never ‘nursed’ me, Imran says

imran-claims-was-never-nursed-by-army-1410293025-4491ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, Imran Khan Tuesday claimed to be the only politician, who was not ‘nursed’ by the powerful Pakistan Army.

“Unlike Nawaz Sharif and his ilk, I was not raised –politically– in the military establishment’s nursery”, Khan said while addressing his cohorts protesting outside Parliament House.

Speaking form the top of his mobile podium, Khan once again bucked the people up to come out to oust the corrupt as well as illegal government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“I appeal to all the Pakistanis to become a part of this history-making movement in Pakistan”, said he.

He again vowed not to quit on the cause he was out for come hell or high water.

“Your captain will never give the game away. He will outplay all the foul-players. And no entity, no matter how powerful, could stand in the way of ‘Change’”, the PTI leader said promising his workers to fight till the end.

Earlier, Khan said he would not be the first to blink in his “battle of nerves” with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif even as crowds dwindle almost a month into his sit-in outside parliament.

It has been 26 days since former cricket hero Khan along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and thousands of supporters began protesting in the capital, seeking the resignation of Sharif over what they claim was massive rigging of the 2013 election.

The protest movement has lost momentum since August following clashes with police that left three dead. Speculation that the powerful army may step in to intervene, as it has in the past, reached fever pitch when protesters stormed state broadcaster PTV.

Since then, opposition parties inside parliament have backed Sharif, lowering political temperatures as negotiations with the protesters were restarted and attention shifted to the devastation wrought by monsoon floods.

Only a few hundred protesters, dressed in the green and red shawls and hats of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice) party are now permanently camped at the site while the two sides attempt to negotiate a settlement to the impasse.

By night however, their numbers swell to thousands as men, women and children dance to patriotic songs between the 61-year-old’s speeches in an atmosphere similar to a rock concert.

In a interview with AFP from inside a shipping container converted into a makeshift room he vowed to fight on until he toppled parliament — which he called a “coalition of crooks”.

“I’ve got a feeling it’s not that far (to go). I think it’s a battle of nerves. It’s a matter of who buckles under the pressure first. I’ve got a feeling we’ll win it,” he said, dressed in a white tunic and rain-drenched after a speech.

“The sticking point is always going to be Nawaz Sharif. We have no confidence in him.”

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