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Negotiations with PML-N Could Lead to Government’s Downfall, Says Imran Khan

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan, during a recent media interaction, expressed that any negotiations with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) could potentially lead to the fall of their government. Speaking informally at the hearing of the £190 million reference case, the incarcerated PTI chairman emphasized that his desire to negotiate is driven by the greater good of Pakistan, not personal or governmental gains.

"I want to negotiate for Pakistan, not for myself or the government," he stated firmly. Imran Khan reiterated his readiness to step back if it is proven that doing so would benefit the country. "Convince me it benefits the country, and I will step back," he added.

The former PM took the opportunity to criticize the current PML-N government for its failure to reduce national expenses and its inability to create an investment-friendly environment, both of which he believes are exacerbating the country's ongoing crisis. "The government has not reduced its expenses, which is troubling. The current government has failed to create an environment for investment," he said.

Imran Khan argued that Pakistan requires a mandate-driven government to implement necessary reforms, highlighting that the current budget reflects the limitations of a non-mandated government. He condemned the heavy taxation imposed on professionals and the general public, predicting severe repercussions from the forthcoming electricity bills.

In particular, Imran lamented the persistent issue of load-shedding in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), where power cuts are rampant. He pointed out that promises to resolve this issue remain unfulfilled. "Electricity theft is an old issue. It happens in Hyderabad, Sindh, and Quetta as well," he remarked, questioning where the public should seek solutions.

Imran Khan also expressed his frustration at being prevented from meeting Ali Amin Gandapur, despite his own willingness to have the meeting. He criticized the lack of unity within political parties and specifically targeted Maryam Nawaz for her extravagant spending on self-promotion.

Moreover, Imran announced his plans to file cases against major and colonel officials in Adiala Jail, accusing Ahsan Iqbal of contempt for suggesting he be jailed for five years. He questioned the current rule of law, criticizing recent judicial and administrative actions that he views as unjust.

He also took aim at amendments made to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws, alleging that these changes were implemented to cover up corruption. "How can someone who conducted fraudulent elections deliver justice?" he asked rhetorically.

Imran warned that further borrowing would be necessary to service the national debt if the current economic policies continued. He called on the judiciary to stand with the weaker segments of society rather than the powerful.

Imran Khan's comments highlight his perspective on Pakistan's economic stability and governance. His willingness to negotiate, even at the potential cost of stepping back, reflects his commitment to the country's welfare over personal or party interests. As the political landscape in Pakistan remains volatile, the possibility of negotiations and their implications on the PML-N government will be closely watched by both supporters and critics.

Imran's call for a mandate-driven government and his critique of current policies highlight the pressing need for reforms that can steer Pakistan out of its current crisis. His statements serve as a reminder of the ongoing challenges and the critical need for leadership that prioritizes national over personal or political gains.

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