Former PM Imran Khan Stands Firm, Refuses to Apologize for May 9 Riots

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has firmly declined to apologize for the riots that occurred on May 9. Speaking to the media after court proceedings in the £190 million corruption case at Adiala jail, Khan stated that he was ready to face an inquiry into the sit-in that his party, PTI, staged in 2014.

When questioned about whether he would apologize for the violent protest on May 9, Khan responded negatively. He explained that he was under detention at the time and was unaware of the protests. Khan mentioned that he only became aware of the protests when he appeared before the then-chief justice of Pakistan, Umar Ata Bandial.

The former premier had already condemned the violent protests. However, a day earlier, the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had ruled out dialogue with PTI unless the party leadership tendered a public apology over the May 9 protests.

Khan further stated that if the establishment is not interested in dialogue, PTI will not pursue it either. He clarified that he wanted dialogue for the sake of Pakistan, not to strike a deal for personal favours. He also expressed readiness to face an inquiry into the 2014 sit-in and stated that he would gladly appear before the inquiry committee.

In Lahore, former president Dr. Arif Alvi emphasized the need for an impartial investigation into the events of May 9 and urged that the perpetrators be brought to justice. He said, “The oppressor should seek forgiveness. Forgiveness is the only answer to all disputes.”

A year after the May 9 riots, the political landscape of Pakistan has seen significant changes. The nationwide riots triggered a months-long political crisis that saw ex-PM Imran Khan jailed. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that there could be “no absolution” for those who orchestrated the May 9 mayhem.

The Pakistan Army also stated that there will be no compromise with the “planners, facilitators, and executors” of the May 9 tragedy. The military condemned the incidents of the day, stating that politically motivated and “brainwashed miscreants” deliberately resorted to violence against state institutions.

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