Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday lashed out at three-time former premier Nawaz Sharif for accusing the military chief of rigging elections and putting in a “puppet authorities” in Islamabad.
Sharif, the 70-year-old chief of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) who was ousted from energy in 2017 by the apex courtroom on graft prices, on Friday for the primary time straight named Military chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI head Lt Gen Faiz Hameed for interfering within the elections of 2018 to make sure victory of Imran Khan.
Hitting again at Sharif, Khan mentioned on Saturday that the PML-N supremo got here to politics by “sharpening Basic Zia’s footwear” – a reference to Sharif becoming a member of politics in 1980s through the martial regulation of then navy dictator Basic Zia-ul Haq.
Khan mentioned Sharif opted to make use of destructive language towards the military management at a time when troopers have been sacrificing their lives for the nation.
“Why are they sacrificing their lives? For us; for the nation. And this jackal who ran together with his tail between his legs used such language for the military chief and DG ISI,” Khan mentioned.
The highly effective military, which has dominated Pakistan for greater than half of its 70 plus years of existence, has hitherto wielded appreciable energy within the issues of safety and international coverage.
Khan mentioned that Sharif took “crores” of rupees from Meeran Financial institution in late 1980s to battle elections towards Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Get together (PPP).
“That is the person who put (PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali) Zardari in jail twice. It was Zardari who instituted the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case towards him (Sharif), not Basic Bajwa,” mentioned Khan.
Commenting on the joint rally of the opposition events, Khan termed it as a “circus”.
He additionally focused PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, saying the 2 “youngsters” who’ve by no means labored for an hour of their life and lived by utilizing the “ill-gotten positive aspects of their fathers” have been making speeches.
Khan mentioned these leaders would even promote the nation to guard their wealth that they amassed by unlawful means.
On September 20, practically a dozen opposition events launched the PDM and introduced a three-phased anti-government motion to oust the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) authorities.
Addressing the PDM rally in Gujranwala on Friday, Sharif mentioned: “(Military chief) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa ended my authorities. He rigged 2018 elections and imposed incapable Imran Khan on the nation. Gen. Bajwa is a direct perpetrator and he should give a solution to this.”
“You’ll be able to label me a traitor in order for you, seize my properties, file false circumstances towards me however I’ll proceed to talk for my folks,” mentioned Sharif, who’s going through a number of corruption prices and is at the moment on bail.
This isn’t the primary time that Sharif has gone after the navy management. Through the opposition’s multi-party convention final month, he had bitterly criticised the military, saying there was “a state above the state within the nation”. Nevertheless, he had kept away from naming anybody.
The PML-N chief, nonetheless, made it clear that he was not towards the military however some people who violated the Structure.
Since his anti-army rant, the federal authorities has banned the media to broadcast Sharif’s speeches.
The Opposition events are brazenly protesting towards the navy’s interference in politics and elections for the primary time within the latest historical past of the nation.
Sharif has been dwelling in London since November final 12 months after he was allowed by the courts and the federal government to go there for a interval of eight weeks for medical therapy. However he didn’t come again, whereas his legal professionals instructed the courtroom that he was nonetheless recovering.
The Islamabad Excessive Court docket by newspaper commercials has requested Sharif to look earlier than it by November 24 to keep away from being declared a “proclaimed offender”.
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