PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said that “threatening calls” from “unknown numbers” must be stopped after PTI leaders claimed that a pilot flying party president Imran Khan had received him at his rallies.
Imran has started campaigning vigorously before the by-elections in Punjab. He is expected to address dozens of public meetings from July 7-15. He has also organized several events in the last few weeks.
on Tuesday he warned That if the harassment of him and his party does not stop, he will be forced to “reveal everything” about the characters involved in the alleged plot to overthrow his government.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad today, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry alleged that “threatening calls” were being made, adding that Imran’s pilots were receiving calls from “unknown numbers”.
He also played a clip of the purported call, in which he was seen holding his mobile phone near the microphone on the table and terming Vikas “unfortunate”.
In the clip played by Fawad, a male voice can be heard asking the receiver of the call to remove the social media post. “You will be picked up by 5 pm tomorrow,” the unidentified caller can be heard saying.
Fawad reiterated that this was “unfortunate”, expressing hope that the authorities concerned would investigate it.
“There are only two big [security] agencies,” he said. Fawad said that recently, Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and “DGI” had issued orders to their institutions to stay away from “such cases”.
“I am hopeful that these instructions will be implemented. If the Intelligence Bureau (IB) people are doing this, I would urge their chief to look into their institution.”
He alleged that “calls from unknown numbers are made by two institutions”.
“These calls from unknown numbers should be stopped. People have Independence of free will.
“Fear doesn’t last forever,” the former information minister said. “Pakistan is not Burma,” he said.
He said that martial law was imposed four times in the country, but later it was also abolished.
“If you think you can rule Pakistan with power, it doesn’t happen here. There will be retaliation, people will stand up.”
Fawad said the “existing peace” should be allowed to prevail, adding that holding early elections was the only way to rid the country of political instability.
Earlier in the day, Asad Umar had claimed that the pilot who took Imran to his rallies was receiving phone calls and was “being threatened”.
“How low would they sink?” he asked, without specifying what he was referring to.
In another tweet, he shared a poem by Martin Niemöller – a prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany who was vocal against Adolf Hitler.
“First they came for the socialists. I didn’t talk. I wasn’t socialist. Then they came for trade unionists. I didn’t speak. I wasn’t trade unionists. Then they came for Jews. I didn’t talk. I was Not Jews, then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”
PTI’s Shahbaz Gill also made similar claims, saying: “The pilot of the plane used during Imran’s rallies is getting threatening calls from unknown numbers.
“It seems that, in your eyes, there is no limit to the use of force,” he said without elaborating further.
“You want to cross the limits by adopting intimidation tactics, but the country is no longer afraid,” he said.
“If Imran’s plane gets damaged on the ground or in the air, then the country should remember who is doing all this,” Gill said.
Earlier private companies were threatened over the offer of their planes. There were attempts to cancel our plans because the planes were deliberately shown as not fit to fly, he claimed.