“In his greed for power, a shrewd politician (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) set the armed forces against the then-largest party (Bangladesh’s Awami League), which had won elections, causing the country’s dismemberment,” said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief.

Khan compared himself and his party’s struggle to that of Bangladesh’s late founding father and Awami League chief Sheikh Mujibur Rehman during a speech during the march in Gujranwala.

Leaning into the analogy, Khan stated that the last time a political party with a clear political mandate was denied the right to rule, a country was split in two.

“Everyone is aware that Mujibur Rahman and his party won the general election in 1970.” Instead of handing over power, a cunning politician set the Awami League and the army on a collision course,” Khan continued, before adding, “At the moment, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari are playing a similar role by conspiring with the establishment to obstruct the PTI’s journey back to power.”