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Imran Khan Says he Dictated The Economist Article from Jail

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is currently in jail, has claimed that he dictated the article that appeared in The Economist last week, sparking a political storm in Pakistan.

Imran Khan’s article accused the military establishment of conspiring to oust him from the power and denying his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), a fair chance in the upcoming polls.

Khan also alleged that he received a warning from an American official to resign or face a no-confidence vote in parliament, and that former army chief Gen Bajwa had been plotting against him for months.

Khan made these revelations while talking to reporters at the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, where he is serving a three-year sentence for corruption and facing another case related to the attack on the army headquarters in May last year.

He said he took full responsibility for the article and that he had dictated it to someone. He also said that he would soon release a new “speech” on social media, using artificial intelligence technology.

He reiterated his demand for timely and transparent elections, saying that they were crucial for the country’s economic and political stability. He said his party was facing many difficulties in contesting the elections, but he was determined to fight for democracy.

He also denounced the ongoing investigation against him regarding the May 9 incident, calling it a conspiracy to trap him and his party. He asked the authorities to find out who had stolen the CCTV footage of his arrest from the Islamabad High Court, and the attack on the army headquarters and the corps commander’s house.

He said these events were part of a larger scheme to topple his government and discredit his party.

The article in The Economist has drawn sharp criticism from the federal and Punjab governments, who have termed it a “ghost article”. They have questioned how Khan could write such an article while being in jail, and whether he had violated the prison rules.

The Punjab jail authorities have launched an inquiry into the matter, and have sought an explanation from Khan and his lawyers.

The article has also raised legal and ethical questions about the rights and responsibilities of prisoners, especially those who are involved in politics. According to the Pakistan Prison Rules 1978, prisoners are not allowed to communicate with any person outside the prison without the permission of the superintendent, and are not allowed to publish any book, pamphlet, letter or article without the sanction of the government.

The article has also sparked a debate on the role of the military in Pakistan’s politics, and the credibility of the electoral process. Khan’s supporters have rallied behind him, while his opponents have accused him of spreading false and malicious propaganda.

The article has also attracted international attention, as it reflects the political turmoil and uncertainty in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed country and a key ally of the US in the region.

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