Imran Khan criticises British Govt for facilitating Benazir Bhutto’s return

PTI chief and former cricketer Imran Khan
Lahore, Oct 19: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief and former cricketer Imran Khan has criticised the British Government for facilitating former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s return to Pakistan.

"I would have been very happy if Benazir had done two things before returning, Imran Khan told Geo TV.

Firstly, she should not have had a deal with Musharraf and she should have also said that she would face all cases against her in front of an independent tribunal, Imran said.

"Secondly, Bhutto should not have returned to Pakistan with Washington’s backing in any case. After spending all that time in America, then Richard Boucher’s involvement and Britain’s former Ambassador Mark Lyall’s role in all of this. Had this not happened I would have been happy to say that the leader of a big party, the Pakistan People’s Party has returned," he added.

The opposition believes that Bhutto has weakened the opposition movement because of above two reasons, meaning that she has weakened the democratic movement by giving a military dictator the opportunity to dig in his claws once again as he was losing power because of the lawyers’ movement, Imran claimed.

The Daily Times quoted Imran as saying that opposition couldn’t understand the role of America in Pakistan. What business do they have in creating a moderate alliance in Pakistan?

"And, now the role of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in all of this. The MQM did not allow me to enter Karachi when I wanted and they said there would be traffic jams. I see the MQM now that all of this is happening with mutual collaboration."

"Everyone knows this, and it has also been reported in a British newspaper, The Independent, that the British Government has told Altaf Hussain and MQM to facilitate Benazir, which you are witnessing today," he said. (ANI)