ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Friday night condemned, in the strongest of words, the deadly Karachi bombing that left two people dead and several others including Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Farooq Awan, the target of the attack, injured.
“It’s a dastardly attempt to scare the security forces of Pakistan into not doing anything against the enemies of state, but I know they will die fighting but never surrender. I salute SSP Awan for showing such an unflinching resolve”, Khan said addressing the galvanized participants of his party’s protest sit-in outside Parliament building.
Even earlier, he posted a condemnatory/condolatory message on social media website Twitter immediately after the news of Karachi blast was aired.
“Condemn the bomb blast in Khi targeting SSP Farooq Awan. My condolences 2 families of the deceased & prayers 4 full recovery of the injured”, said Khan’s tweet.
Later in his prime time address to the protestors, Khan said in Pakistan, there were two Pakistans and not one.
“One is for the ruling class and the other for the ruled one. Both live in their separate Pakistans”, the PTI leader emphasized.
He said the time was high to end this divide.
“The only way to make these two Pakistans one is to get rid of the incumbent rulers to form a united New Pakistan, which will be based on equality, fraternity, liberty, and social justice”, Khan said.
Going forward, he claimed there would be a historic turnout at Islamabad sit-in tomorrow (Saturday).
Khan along with populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and thousands of supporters are 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.