Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that he had credible information that his life was in danger but insisted that he was not afraid and would continue his fight for a free and democratic Pakistan.
In an interview with ARY News ahead of a no -confidence motion at the National Assembly against him on Sunday, Mr Khan said the “establishment” (military in power) gave him three options – a no -confidence vote, early elections or resignation as prime minister.
He said not only was his life in danger but the Opposition, which was playing in foreign hands, would also commit character assassinations.
“Let me inform my country that my life is also at risk, they have also planned to kill my character. Not only myself but my wife as well,” said the 69 -year -old cricketer who turned politician.
Answering a question about the options given to him by the Opposition, Khan said that he did not think he should talk to people like Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif.
If we survive (no -confidence vote), of course we cannot work with them (who left PTI to join the Opposition), early elections are the best option, I will urge my country to give me a simple majority so that I do not have to compromise, “he said.
Citing the Opposition’s no -confidence motion as a conspiracy, Mr Khan said he had known about it since August last year and he had reports that several Opposition leaders had visited the embassy.
“People like Husain Haqqani met Nawaz Sharif in London,” he said.
Mr Khan reiterated what he said in a televised speech to the country on March 31 that a foreign country not only expressed disapproval of the prime minister’s post but also demanded he be ousted through a no -confidence vote so that Pakistan is “forgiven”.
He said that the foreign country objected to its independent foreign policy, ARY News reported.
Mr Khan said the “threatening memo” not only demanded regime change but clearly mentioned that he should be removed as prime minister.
Earlier, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday claimed that plans to assassinate Prime Minister Khan had been reported by the country’s security agencies, ahead of a no -confidence motion against the prime minister on Sunday.
Mr Khan’s security has been enhanced in line with the government’s decision after the report, the Dawn newspaper quoted Chaudhry as saying.
The statement came a week after similar allegations were made by Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda who said a conspiracy was being made to assassinate Khan for his refusal to “sell the country”.
Faisal Vawda had made the statement on the ARY News show in relation to a letter thrown by Prime Minister Khan at the PTI strength show on March 27 here, claiming it contained “evidence” of a “foreign conspiracy” to overthrow his government.
Faisal Vawda said that there was a threat to Mr Khan’s life.
He however did not disclose whether a conspiracy to assassinate the prime minister was mentioned in the letter.
Faisal Vawda also said that Mr Khan was told several times that bulletproof glass should be installed before his throne at the March 27 rally but he refused.
Information Minister Chaudhry’s allegations also come a day after Mr Khan, during his speech to the nation, vowed to thwart an “international conspiracy” made against his government by Opposition leaders and their operators before a no -confidence vote in the Senate.
In a direct speech to the country, the 69 -year -old Mr Khan discussed the ‘threatening letter’ and cited it as part of a foreign conspiracy to get rid of him as he was unacceptable for following an independent foreign policy. He named the U.S. as the country behind the threatening letter in what appeared to be a slip.
Prime Minister Khan linked the letter to a no -confidence motion against him by the Opposition in the Senate. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a no -trust motion on Sunday.
Mr Khan’s speech came at a critical crossroads in his political career when he lost his majority after defecting from his PTI party. Two of his allies also withdrew their support and joined the Opposition.
The US has insisted that it has not sent any letter to Pakistan on the current political situation in the country as it seeks to refute allegations of American involvement in the no -confidence motion against the Imran Khan -led government.
Mr Khan met President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on February 24, the day the Russian leader ordered a “special military operation” against Ukraine. Khan also became the first Pakistani prime minister to visit Russia in 23 years after former prime minister Nawaz Sharif went to Moscow in 1999.