In an exclusive interview, Imran Khan claimed that democracy in Pakistan was at “an unprecedented low”.
In his first interview after being released, the former premier said that his government was “terrified” of the elections and feared being “wiped out” at the polls by his party.
He said: “They have decided they will only allow elections if I’m in jail or dead.
“I’ve been the victim of two attacks,” he said. Mr Khan claimed that his home was raided while he was on vacation.
When asked about the alleged violence of protesters, Mr Khan condemned all violence.
The state of democracy is abysmal. “The only hope that we have is in the judiciary.”
He was released after being arrested on corruption charges earlier in the week. The High Court of Pakistan had ruled on his release on bail.
His arrest sparked violence across the country, resulting in at least 10 deaths and dozens of injuries.
He said on Friday: “The first place they showed me a warrant of arrest was in the jail. The military took me, as is the rule of the jungle. Where was the police? Where is the law? The law of the jungle. “It seems that martial law has been declared here.”
Shahbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister, criticised Mr Khan’s release on Friday. He said that there was “a genuine corruption case” against him, but “the judiciary had become a wall of stone protecting him”.
Mr Khan, 70 years old, is a popular leader of the opposition. He was Prime Minister between 2018 and 2022.
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Pakistan’s Information Minister defends Imran Khan’s arrest
Marriyum aurangzeb, Pakistan’s Minister of Information, defended Marriyum’s arrest.
She said to Sky News that a person who defies court, does not follow the law, avoids courts, and thinks he is untouchable, and cannot be queried, must be treated as every other citizen.
She denied that the arrest was motivated by political reasons, as Mr Khan is riding a wave after an assassination.
She said, “If we had wanted to arrest or silence him due to his popularity, then we wouldn’t have waited for 14 months.”