Imran says will initiate dialogues only with ‘real powers’
RAWALPINDI: (Web Desk) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former prime minister Imran Khan said on Friday that he would initiate dialogues only with those who hold real power.

 On Thursday, a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court advised the PTI founder to initiate dialogue with politicians, as the former spoke in the court regarding accountability laws.

Imran addressed the court via a video link from the Adiala Jail during the hearing of the government’s intra-court appeals against the annulment of the amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).

Referring to the judges’ advice, he made the statement regarding initiation of dialogues while talking to the media after the hearing of a £190 million case in Adiala Jail.

The cricketer-turned-politician said that he had been kept in a death cell. The incarcerated politician clarified that he had not requested any favours or facilities in prison. He shared that he could not tweet from jail rather instructed his lawyers to tweet on his behalf.

The Hamoodur Rahman Commission was a judicial body that assessed Pakistan’s political–military involvement in East-Pakistan from 1947 to 1971. The commission was set up on 26 December 1971 by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the then president of Pakistan, and chaired under Chief Justice Hamoodur Rahman.

Criticising the government, the PTI founder said that the Hamoodur Rahman Commission was established for two purposes: (1) to prevent the repetition of past mistakes and (2) to identify those responsible. The commission held General Yahya Khan accountable for prioritising his power, and today, the same mistakes are being repeated, leading to economic collapse, he added.

Highlighting the achievements of the three and a half years of PTI government, he said that NAB collected Rs450 billion. “An additional Rs1,100 billion was expected, but due to amendments in NAB laws, only Rs300,000 was collected once, and Rs1.5 million another time. These amendments have cost the country Rs 1,100 billion, a loss it cannot afford," he added.

Imran lauded PTI’s social media activists as heroes and demanded that the FIA should tender an apology for fabricating a false cypher case against him. He said, "Political vendetta is ongoing in the country. I will respond to FIA only in the presence of my lawyers. Mohsin Naqvi is orchestrating all this."

To a question regarding the Supreme Court's recommendation to hold negotiations with political parties, Imran said that even during Musharraf's era, he had  not negotiated with Shaukat Aziz but with those who had power.