Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Thursday characterized the harassment allegations leveled by former PTI member Ayesha Gulalai as part of a “coordinated effort by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and a media group” to malign him.
In an interview to a private news channel, Mr Khan claimed he was taken by surprise by the MNA’s allegations, especially because he had met her only 24 hours before her explosive press conference on Tuesday. “She was there with the NA-1 delegation; we discussed the seat as she wanted a ticket and asked me to let her campaign there… [and] give a speech,” he said.
“I told her that her performance in the assembly was not good and we had given her a reserved seat. I thought she had a lot of potential…; she performed very well in the beginning…. I don’t know what happened to her,” the PTI chief said.
He suspected the PML-N had used Ms Gulalai and their “old smear tactics” to achieve their own ends.