ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Monday said that the statement by ex-prime minister Imran Khan against a national institution was a conspiracy against Pakistan and the institution, which needed to be stopped immediately to avert chaos.
In his address at the National Assembly, the prime minister said if the situation was not controlled, Pakistan could meet a fate like Syria and Libya.
He said the same institution at the target of Imran Khan’s criticism, had extended unprecedented support to Imran Khan’s government which he was now referring to as Mir Jafar.
“If it was not stopped using constitutional and legal means, it can lead to chaos. He (Imran Khan) wants to wind up the democratic system. Notice should be taken of his remarks. This should be controlled otherwise no one will be spared,” he commented.
Referring to the PTI chairman’s narrative of regime change conspiracy by the United States, the prime minister said Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington had explained that the conversation (with the US official) was threatening but it had nothing to do with any conspiracy against Imran Khan’s government.
Citing examples from the history of threats to Pakistan, the prime minister said Henry Kissinger had threatened Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to roll back the nuclear program, US official Richar Armitage threatened that time Pakistan officials after 9/11 and Russia wrote a threatening letter to Yahya Khan.
“Every day, we hurl threats to India and India does the same to Pakistan. Should we call it a conspiracy?” he commented.
He said it was Imran Khan who had wished Narendra Modi to win the election in India hoping that he would be helpful to resolve the Kashmir dispute but the latter, even did not respond to his call. He said the letter by the ambassador was also read out at the National Security Committee, which too, in a communique said to have found out no clue of any conspiracy. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s parliamentary party meeting was held in Islamabad on Monday with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair.
The meeting appreciated and endorsed the newly elected government’s performance under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
aking the floor, he said yesterday Imran Khan used derogatory words against state institutions, which is a conspiracy against the state organs and that is not acceptable.
The Prime Minister said the last government-led by PTI increased the country’s debt by 85 percent and a fiscal deficit of 5,500 billion rupees. He said the last government has mortgaged the future of coming generations by taking massive loans.
Talking about the much-hyped conspiracy mantra by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, he said the National Security Committee did not find a shred of conspiracy-type thing.
About power outages in the country on Eid-ul-Fitr, Shehbaz Sharif said the government will investigate the matter and submit a report to the House. He said it is a fact that the last government neither imported fuel well in time nor ensured the maintenance of the power plants to generate a sufficient amount of electricity to fulfill the power needs of the country.
Appreciating the efforts of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the meeting termed the provision of relief to the people affected by the severe inflation during the last four years, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, people-friendly steps.
It said the Prime Minister’s decision not to put the burden on the public at a time of petroleum prices hike in the international market and the budget deficit is commendable.
The meeting strongly condemned the conspiracy of the former government against the economy, the constitution, judiciary, and national institutions. It asked to deal with constitution violators as per the constitution.
The parliamentary party expressed its support for the measures for the legal defense of the constitution, judiciary, and national institutions.
The meeting demanded that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif take immediate legal action against the former Prime Minister for attacks on national institutions, including the constitution and judiciary.
The meeting stated that the former Prime Minister is targeting the judiciary, the Election Commission, and national institutions just because they are abiding by the Constitution.
The meeting stressed the need to expedite the electoral, economic and administrative reforms in line with the promises made by the coalition government to the people and asked the allied parties to formulate a clear strategy for speedy completion of the goals.
The meeting appreciated the steps taken by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for strengthening the federation and national unity.