PTI Chief Imran Khan Says Qureshi To Lead Party If He’s Disqualified

PTI Chief Imran Khan Says Qureshi To Lead Party If He’s Disqualified
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that if he were to be found ineligible by a court, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi would take over as party leader.

"Shah Mehmood Qureshi would lead the party if I'm disqualified," Khan stated during a meeting with journalists and lawyers on Saturday at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore.

Since being removed from office in April of last year, the PTI chief has been dealing with a number of cases ranging from terrorism to corruption.

He was detained on May 9 in accordance with arrest warrants issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with the 190 million-pound Al-Qadir Trust case.

Four days or so after the Supreme Court ruled that his arrest was unlawful, he was freed.

Following Khan's arrest on May 9, there were violent riots all around the country, with supporters looting and torching public and military sites.

The National Security Committee (NSC), which comprises top civil and military officials, vowed to prosecute rioters in accordance with applicable laws, including the Army Act.

Khan put on a brave face when commenting on the overwhelming exodus of politicians from his party following the vandalism on May 9. He said that things would soon change.

"I'll give you a tremendous surprise in the upcoming days," he added.

Khan said that certain party leaders were being forced to resign from the PTI, while others had been outed.

He added that the next general elections would be won by PTI despite the party leaders' defections.

Imran Khan described the youth as a key asset of his party and claimed they had a right to the party ticket.

In order to determine the level of support for his party among the general public, he also asked for a referendum.

Khan stated that Arif Alvi would continue to serve in accordance with the Constitution amid reports of the PTI-backed president's resignation.