Former interior minister and Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rashid said on Friday that he will get voluntary arrested before Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan when the ‘jail bharo tehreek’ starts.
Speaking to the media, he said he “continues to stand with PTI and support Imran”.
Jail bharo tehreek is a strategy announced by PTI Chairman Imran Khan under which PTI workers and leaders of allied parties will give voluntary arrests “to fill jails of the country”.
“I am ready to give my arrest even if PTI opts out of the movement. I will not be a coward.”
The former interior minister stated that he was forced to switch sides while in jail but he decided to stand with PTI.
“I clearly told them that as long as Imran is standing firm against corrupt leadership, I will support him,” he said.
Earlier, during an informal conversation with the media, Rashid said attempts were being made to change his loyalties in Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) favour.
“But I will not comply, even if it costs me my life,” he had said.
On Friday, he also said: “Imran told me that Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has hired people to have him assassinated.”
He was arrested over these comments earlier during the month and was sent on two-day physical remand and 14-day judicial remand before securing bail.
On Friday, he also added that the government was against holding elections because it foresaw defeat.
“I have news that the government will hold provincial and federal elections at the same time,” he said. “Elections is the only way out of this mess.”
He was of the view that the country’s leadership had 60 to 70 days to save the country, given economic uncertainty and soaring inflation, otheriwse riots will break out.
He announced that he will hold a press conference every Friday at 3 PM.