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Govt is here to stay but Zardari is for sure going to jail: Imran

PESHAWAR:  Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday hit back at PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s threat to send the government packing, saying “the government is here to stay, but Zardari is for sure going to jail”.

Addressing a public gathering in Jamrode in Khyber Agency, the Prime Minister challenged Asif Zardari and Bilawal to stay for a week atop a shipping container in protest against the government.

“The government would provide food and water to PPP protesters, the premier said.

The PPP does not have the public support required for a successful anti-government campaign, he added.

“I can assure you that our government is here to stay. We are going nowhere. Only Zardari will soon be going to jail,” he added in response to a threat from the PPP to march on the capital to oust the government.

The PPP co-chairman, while speaking to supporters in Larkana on Thursday, asked his party’s workers to get ready for the march.

Premier Imran also called upon the Afghan government to install an interim government to conduct free, fair and transparent elections. “Not having an interim government could lead to chaos,” he added.

The premier said his earlier statement had drawn much criticism but it was important that Afghanistan should learn from Pakistan’s experience. “We in Pakistan have held elections without interim governments and saw that the results were immediately challenged by the opposition. Not having an interim set-up will only make the election process controversial,” said Imran.