Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Imran Khan said that PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi would lead the party in the event Khan was removed from power by a court, Pakistan-based Geo News reported.
Imran Khan in a meeting with journalists and lawyers at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore on Saturday said: “If I am disqualified, Shah Mahmood Qureshi will run the party.”
The announcement comes as the head of PTI has been facing a series of cases from corruption to terrorism since being removed from office in April last year, according to Geo News.
Imran Khan was arrested on 9 May in the £190 million Al-Qadir Trust case by Rangers staff following an arrest warrant issued by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The head of PTI was released after the Supreme Court declared his arrest unlawful.
Imran Khan’s arrest on May 9 sparked violent protests across the country with supporters ransacking and burning defense and public facilities across the country.
Later, the high-powered National Security Commission (NSC) consisting of top civilian and military leadership vowed to handle the rioters in accordance with relevant laws including the Army Act, according to Geo. News.
Mr Khan while commenting on the mass departure of leaders from his party following the May 9 vandalism, said the situation would change soon.
“I will bring a big surprise in the coming days,” he added.
Imran Khan said some party leaders left the party due to coercion while some were exposed.
Calling youth the main asset of his party, Khan said the vote is their right and added that PTI will win the next general election despite the defection of party leaders, Geo News news.
He also called for a referendum to be held to gauge the popularity of his party among the masses.
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