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Zardari cannot afford independent judge: Imran Khan

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The Rebel: At Large

Imran Khan is evading arrest for the second time in less than 18 months. He is accustomed to living in seclusion in his political innings ever since his first shot to power was damaged by personal scandal in the winter of discontent, 1997. Between March 2007 and 2009, the Cricket Casanova-turned-combative democrat has burnt his fingers like a child to claim his ultimate object–restoration of independent judiciary, and of all, unconditional reinstatement of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary.

Pakistani authorities, at the best of ruling PPP government, are raiding offices and premises and residences of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers, harassing them to find out the whereabouts about the supreme leader of Pakistan Movement for Justice party. Believe it or not, Imran’s battle cry for bringing back Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary has galvanized youths of Pakistan on its street like never before, and the world is
watching the drama with naked eyes.

Imran Khan is suffering another bout of struggle and sacrifice to force rule of law in the embattled country. He is training his guns on March 16 sit-in at the Constitution Avenue to take the battle for Independence of judiciary to its logical conclusion.

Tedd Kennedy, elder brother of John Kennedy once said, America is an idea shaped in the turbulence of revolution, then given formal structure in a constitution.

Imran Khan is pulling all stops to pull off a spectacular victory of reason and hope in the final push. Imran Khan has become inspiration for youth of Pakistan and they are looking to him for echoing phrase of “CHANGE” in Pakistan.

Picture of Imran Khan from the album of Frank Huzur, Imran Khan's official biographer at Zaman Park Home, Lahore
Picture of Imran Khan from the album of Frank Huzur, Imran Khan's official biographer at Zaman Park Home, Lahore

National Public Radio has interviewed him while talking to NPR he said Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is not willing to restore the dismissed chief justice of the country because of the massive corruption cases against him, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said. In an interview to the popular NPR radio from his hideout place in Pakistan, Khan said Zardari does not want to have an independent judiciary which can look at his corruption cases.

“When Asif Zardari says that the people don’t want Chief Justice (Iftikhar Choudhary), what he means is that he doesn’t want him, “He cannot afford an independent judge who cannot be controlled,”

said Khan, who went into hiding after his house was raided by authorities to arrest him.

He is founder of the Movement for Justice Party. Referring to the opinion polls held inside Pakistan, Khan said all of them have reflected that over 70 per cent of people want the Chief Justice to be reinstated.

“This will decide where does Pakistan go and this chief justice has to be reinstated for us to become a proper democratic system with rule of law,” he said. Khan said the way the Zardari government is handling the situation, it might end up into violence.

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