Islamabad: A day after Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Supreme leader Nawaz Sharif speech against the incumbent government and military command, Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday lambasted the former premier over allegedly maligning the military’s top leadership and said that Sharif himself was launched into politics through the military establishment.
Prime Minister Khan said the PML-N leader was using inappropriate language against the army and maligning it at a time when soldiers were constantly sacrificing their lives for the country.
He was addressing to a Tiger Force convention in Islamabad. He also rejected the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) power show in Gujranwala and termed it a ‘circus’.
Prime minister said that there were constant attacks on Pakistani soldiers and they were sacrificing their lives every day. He recalled a recent terrorist incident on Thursday in which 20 security personnel were martyred in two attacks.
He said that they were sacrificing for the country and this jackal (geedar), referring to Sharif, who ran with his tail between his legs used such language for the army chief and DG ISI.
Prime minister said that Sharif reached to chief ministership by polishing the boots of Gen Ziaul Haq. He said that Sharif had received millions of rupees from the Mehran Bank to manoeuvre election against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), adding that ISI chief at the time submitted a report in its report to the Supreme Court.
The Prime minister regretted that the country’s courts had always helped Sharif, adding that Sharif was the man who put Co-chairperson PPP Asif Ali Zardari in jail twice while it was Zardari, not General Qamar Javed Bajwa who initiated Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against Sharif.
The premier also cited several books authored by Western writers wherein details of Sharif and Zardari’s corruption during their first stints in power.
He said that these books were not written by General Bajwa whereby it was stated that Sharif and Zardari were the people who could sell the country to save their illegally acquired money.
“What they did to their country is what Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq did to their people,” said the Prime Minister Imran Khan, adding that Sharif’s speech was not an attack on Gen Bajwa but the Pakistan Army.
“Narendra Modi has repeatedly said that he liked Nawaz but that the Pakistani army chief is a terrorist,” said Prime Minister Khan. He questioned as to why Modi never said the same about him. “Because I showed his true extremist picture to the world,” said the premier.
He added that Modi hated Pakistan and Muslims more than any other Indian government in history.
Before his address, Prime Minister Imran Khan also showed a video clip, purportedly 11 years old, in which he had predicted the coming together of the opposition to protect their alleged corruption.
He further added that he would not comment on the speeches by PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and termed them ‘kids’ who were raised on their fathers’ illegally acquired money.
He also challenged the opposition’s claim that the 2018 elections were rigged, saying that fewer petitions were filed to challenge the vote count in the 2018 polls than in 2013. He said that the opposition had only seen one Imran Khan but the Imran Khan they would see would be a different one, adding that no dacoit would be released on production orders.
He also urged the judiciary and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for completion of cases, saying that the people were tired and awaiting justice. “I request the chief justice, whatever logistical support you need from the government, we are ready to provide that but for God’s sake hold day-to-day hearings to conclude these cases, involving opposition leaders,” said the premier.
He reiterated that the opposition members accused in cases would no longer be kept in VIP jails and they would be kept with ordinary prisoners.
He further said that although NAB and judiciary were independent he would personally prepare the institutions under him to apprehend every person involved in looting and laundering the money. He further said that he was aware of the game Sharif playing.
He also lauded General Bajwa for standing with the government during the difficult time, adding that the army had not only taken a cut in the defence expenditure for two years but it had also supported the government’s foreign policy throughout.
He expressed his resolve that he would make full efforts to extradite Sharif and to keep him in an ordinary jail.