JHELUM: PTI Chairman Imran Khan said Tuesday his party and the country’s armed forces were the two things “keeping Pakistan together”, as he lashed out at Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The PTI chairman has held a series of jalsas in different cities, including Karachi, Mianwali, Lahore, and Peshawar, as he rallies his party workers and leaders against the government ahead of the Islamabad march.
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.
The PTI chairman reiterated US Under Secretary Donald Lu told Pakistan’s ambassador that if Khan were to be removed from the prime minister’s office, then “everything will be forgiven”.
“He said that if [I] am 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 him from office.
The PTI chairman said when “cherry blossom” was placed as the prime minister, the nation “rose” against that government.
Taking a jibe at PML-N chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Khan said that he was of the view that his party would take up a ministry related to education.
“But [his party] took up the ministry of communications which develops streets and highways — and through it, they will make [illicit] money,” Khan said, as he referred to Maulana Asad Mehmood, who is Fazl’s son and the minister of communications.
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.
“Nawaz Sharif is a coward and a thief who flees abroad whenever he gets the chance,” Khan said, as the prime minister, cabinet members, and PML-N leaders are set to leave for London, with sources saying that “a big decision” is on the cards.
The ousted prime minister told PM Shehbaz that he did not criticise the armed forces as they were a crucial force that was holding the country together.
“Two things are holding Pakistan together — army and PTI,” Khan said.
‘Why did you call NSC meeting twice?’
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.