With his party banned, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that he will form a new political party to contest the upcoming general elections and win the elections, Dawn reported quoting Nikkei Asia.
Dawn is a Pakistani English newspaper.
Many government leaders had called for the party to be banned in the wake of the violent nationwide protests on May 9 and the subsequent crackdown on protesters and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Pakistan Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had said that banning Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was the only option.
Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said a move to that effect was under consideration, while Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said his party would not resist any move to ban Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
Asked by Nikki Asia about the impact of his election ban, Imran Khan said, “If they remove the party, we will form a party with a new name and win the election.”
Imran Khan said that even if I am disqualified or jailed, the party will win.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief stressed to the outlet that his supporter base remains “extremely strong”, claiming that national politics has “fundamentally changed”.
Imran Khan said about the continued crackdown on his party that the government is still trying to break it through threats.
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