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India-Pakistan
Imran threatens 'tsunami march to save democracy'
2013-01-21
[Dawn] Encouraged perhaps by the people's response to the four-day sit-in by Tehrik-e-Minhajul Koran in Islamabad, Tehrik-e-Insaaf chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
has threatened to launch a 'tsunami march' if a 'neutral' caretaker prime minister is not appointed before elections.

"The PTI will take out a huge tsunami march if a neutral umpire (caretaker prime minister) is not appointed. We will protest to save democratic process from a total disaster," the cricketer-turned-politician said at a news conference on Saturday.

The PTI, he said, would go for its own protest plan, when required, stating that the party workers had already been told to remain prepared for his call.

Referring to the long march led by Dr Tahirul Qadri, Mr Khan said it was the first step towards a 'true change' and the next elections would herald a major change in Pakistain. "The status quo forces are now claiming that the long march has failed. Actually this was the first step towards change as thousands of people came out on roads to bring about a change," he said.

Mr Khan, who had refused to join the TMQ's sit-in at the last moment, on the one hand termed Dr Qadri's march a positive step but on the other called it 'unconstitutional', saying the PTI did not participate in the long march because it always resisted 'unconstitutional moves'.

He said the nation had already endured the PPP government for five years and now when polls were just a few weeks away the PPP would not be allowed to become 'a political martyr'.

The declaration signed by the government with Dr Qadri, he said, had no legal or constitutional status and it was not binding on the rulers.

Responding to a question, Mr Khan did not rule out possibility of electoral alliance with Dr Qadri. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
he said that Dr Qadri was yet to decide about participation in elections.

Mr Khan said both the TMQ and PTI had similar demands and views regarding change, but their approaches were different. The PTI, he said, wanted change only through the ballot.

The PTI chief reiterated his demand that President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...
immediately resign as under him holding of free, fair and transparent election was almost impossible.
Posted by:Fred