Despite making continuous claims of holding a peaceful march towards the federal capital, PTI Chief and former prime minister Imran Khan admitted that the demonstrators accompanying him during the “Azadi March” were armed.
In an interview with a private TV station on the PTI “Azadi March” and the clashes between party members and the police, the former prime minister said he thought the country would have gone into anarchy if the march had continued.
There was already hatred among the people as a result of the raids carried out by the Punjab police on the residences of the PTI legislators one day before the march, said Khan, adding that “he was 100 percent certain that the situation would lead to lawlessness.”
Our people had arms on them as well. I was afraid that the country would now be confronted with riots,” Khan told the journalist.
He said that the decision to move forward with the march would have resulted in hatred against the police and the army and allegedly created additional divisions across the country.
“It would only have benefited the thieves in power,” Khan said.
Speaking of raids on the houses of several PTI leaders, he said that the government blamed the PTI for the death of the martyred policeman.
“Anyone would have thought that a thief has entered a house at 2 am,” he said. “We have never carried out a policy of provocation.”