JHELUM: Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, while addressing a huge jalsa in Jhelum lashed out at Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for terming his speeches anti state and anti-army, saying his party and armed forces were the two forces holding Pakistan together.
In his address, Imran Khan explained who he referred to when he made a historical reference about Mir Jaffar. PTI chief clarified that he did not criticise the armed forces as they were a crucial force that was holding the country together.
In his address to the Jhelum jalsa, Khan said PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz were speaking against the army, he wasn’t.
“But you, Shehbaz Sharif, are saying that I am speaking against the army?” Khan said in response to the premier’s notice on the PTI chairman’s recent Abbottabad speech.
Berating the PML-N leaders, the ex-prime minister said during his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did “not dare” to speak against Pakistan’s army.
“Did Nawaz Sharif or Shehbaz Sharif ever speak on Kashmir?” the PTI chairman questioned, as he mentioned that during his visit to Russia, he had asked President Vladimir Putin for providing Pakistan oil at a cheaper rate.
Khan claimed that Americans propped Shehbaz Sharif into power after removing him like the Britishers removed Sirajud Daulah and installed Mir Jaffar.
The PTI chief, once again, said US Under Secretary Donald Lu told Pakistan’s ambassador that if Khan were ousted from the prime minister’s office, then “everything will be forgiven”.
“He said that if [I] is not removed, then Pakistan will face grave consequences,” the PTI chairman told his party workers, adding that following this, a “conspiracy” was launched to remove an elected leader of 220 million people.
“When ‘cherry blossom’ was placed as the prime minister, the nation ‘stood’ against the government,” he said.
Taking a jibe at JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Khan said that his party took up the ministry of communications which develops streets and highways to make money.
“Nawaz Sharif is a coward and a thief who flees abroad whenever he gets the chance to,” he said, adding that the prime minister and other PML-N leaders are set to leave for London as, Khan claimed, “a big decision” is on the cards.
Khan said the Russian president had “agreed” to provide oil at a 30% cheaper rate to Pakistan, “but will Shehbaz Sharif dare to buy the oil from Russia?”
The PTI chairman said America does not meddle in India’s affairs — despite it buying oil from Russia — as New Delhi has an independent foreign policy. “But slaves cannot stand up for the nation.”
The ex-prime minister lashed out at the government and said the federal cabinet — comprised of “convicts” — would visit London to meet a “coward” — PML-N Nawaz Sharif.
Before Imran Khan’s address, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke to the participants of the jalsa and said that PM Shehbaz used to say he would stand with Khan if the “threat letter” turned out to be true.
The ex-former minister said that PM Shehbaz termed the threat letter false. “Why did PM Shehbaz call the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting twice if the letter was false,” he questioned.
Asking Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari if he made any statement regarding India’s denial of the Indus Basin Treaty, Qureshi said that the country is facing a water crisis.
He further said that Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz’s government is about to end. “These 25 turncoats will be sent to their homes and so will you [Hamza],” added Qureshi.
It is pertinent to mention here that Imran khan in Abbottabad speech on Sunday, while addressing a public gathering on Sunday, had narrated the stories of Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq saying Sirajud Daula was a governor of the Mughal emperor whose commander-in-chief, Mir Jaffar, joined hands with the English to topple the government.
Later next day, PM Shehbaz Sharif termed his speech an “anti-state” narrative and a “conspiracy against Pakistan”.