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Imran Khan Condemns Ransacking of Military Installations, Demands Probe

© AP Photo / K.M. ChaudaryPakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a news conference at his home, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 18, 2023.
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a news conference at his home, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, May 18, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 19.05.2023
Ex-Pakistan premier Imran Khan's arrest last week led to the torching of military property, including the vandalism of army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan finally denounced the acts of arson and vandalism of military installations.
However, he has added that it was all part of the Shehbaz Sharif government's plan to trigger a rift between the army and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, local media said on Friday.
As the Pakistani investigating agencies escalated their efforts to arrest all those involved in the violent protests that shook the nation following Khan's arrest, the PTI leader said he and his political outfit were not at odds with the "establishment".
The cricketer-turned-politician has often used the term "establishment" to describe Pakistan's all-powerful Army with whom he has been at loggerheads for some time now.
"I have no conflict with the other side (establishment). But I do not know why are they annoyed with me?" the PTI chief stated at a press conference in Lahore.
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, is escorted by police officers as he arrives to appear in a court, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, May 12, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 15.05.2023
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Though Khan condemned the vandalism of military institutions, including the attack on the residence of the Corps Commander in Lahore and the Army's headquarters in Rawalpindi, he demanded that an independent commission be set up to probe the riots that engulfed Pakistan from May 9 to 12.
He alleged that the violent clashes were part of a conspiracy that the Pakistan government had hatched to "eliminate PTI from mainstream politics" of the country.

"I can foretell that any fair investigation will reveal that the attacks were part of a planned conspiracy," he said.

Khan had previously hesitated from condemning the bloody clashes because Pakistan's current coalition and the army. Both have blamed the PTI chief's party members and his supporters for unleashing mayhem in the Islamic country.
However, a day earlier he appeared to have softened his stand against the army, instead accusing the government of plotting to pit the military against his party.
During a press conference, he said the PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement) leaders and Nawaz Sharif, who is absconding in London, are least concerned whether the country's constitution is desecrated, state institutions are destroyed or even Pakistan Army earns a bad name.
"They are looking for their vested interests of saving the looted wealth alone," he stated while adding: "I am seeing a frightening dream that the country is heading towards an imminent disaster."
He subsequently elaborated that his past criticism of the army was like a father scolding his son.
"When I reprimand the army, it is like I am criticizing my kids," he summed up.