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 government” 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 costs, on Friday for the primary time straight named Army 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 “polishing General Zia’s shoes” – a reference to Sharif becoming a member of politics in 1980s through the martial legislation of then navy dictator General Zia-ul Haq.
Khan mentioned Sharif opted to make use of damaging language towards the military management at a time when troopers had been sacrificing their lives for the nation.
“Why are they sacrificing their lives? For us; for the country. And this jackal who ran with his tail between his legs used such language for the army 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 overseas coverage.
Khan mentioned that Sharif took “crores” of rupees from Meeran Bank in late 1980s to combat elections towards Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
“This is the man who put (PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali) Zardari in jail twice. It was Zardari who instituted the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against him (Sharif), not General 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 “children” who’ve by no means labored for an hour of their life and lived through the use of the “ill-gotten gains of their fathers” had been making speeches.
Khan mentioned these leaders would even promote the nation to guard their wealth that they amassed by means of 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: “(Army chief) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa ended my government. He rigged 2018 elections and imposed incapable Imran Khan on the nation. Gen. Bajwa is a direct culprit and he will have to give an answer to this.”
“You can label me a traitor if you want, seize my properties, file false cases against me but I will continue to speak for my people,” mentioned Sharif, who’s going through a number of corruption costs and is presently on bail.
This just isn’t the primary time that Sharif has gone after the navy management. During the opposition’s multi-party convention final month, he had bitterly criticised the military, saying there was “a state above the state in the country”. However, he had avoided naming anybody.
The PML-N chief, nonetheless, made it clear that he was not towards the military however some people who violated the Constitution.
Since his anti-army rant, the federal authorities has banned the media to broadcast Sharif’s speeches.
The Opposition events are overtly 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 residing 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 remedy. But he didn’t come again, whereas his legal professionals advised the courtroom that he was nonetheless recovering.
The Islamabad High Court by means of newspaper ads has requested Sharif to seem earlier than it by November 24 to keep away from being declared a “proclaimed offender”.
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