Incarcerated PTI chief Imran Khan claimed on Monday that he verbally dictated his guest essay published in British publication The Economist, where he expressed doubts about the upcoming elections. Imran, convicted in the Toshakhana case, remains in jail despite the suspension of his sentence on August 28.
The guest essay in The Economist, dated January 4, reiterated his allegations of regime change and described the May 9 riots as a “false-flag operation.” The article’s editor’s note mentioned denials from the Pakistan government and US State Department regarding American interference.
During a hearing on the Toshakhana and Al-Qadir Trust cases, Imran told reporters that he had given verbal guidelines for the article, which was written and published accordingly. He acknowledged the use of artificial intelligence in his party’s campaigns and hinted at an upcoming speech. Imran stressed the necessity of holding general elections for economic and political stability, despite facing challenges in contesting them.
In his Economist article, Imran criticized the government’s economic performance, accused the establishment of hindering PTI, and alleged a deal between the establishment and PML-N’s Nawaz Sharif for his acquittal and support in the upcoming elections. Imran expressed concerns that even if the elections happen, they would be a “disaster and a farce” due to PTI being denied its basic right to campaign.
The article also highlighted Imran’s claims of assassination attempts, abduction, incarceration, and torture of PTI leaders, workers, and social media activists. He criticized the credibility of the courts, citing the easy exoneration of Nawaz Sharif, and maintained that PTI remained popular despite adversities.