Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has issued a warning against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, saying the ousted former prime minister wants a civil war in the country but the nation will hold him hostage for his sins.
“Imran Niazi wants to start a civil war in the country. But he is doing wrong. The nation will never forgive him for his sins and hold him by the collar,” Shahbaz said in response to media questions about the PTI’s announcement. Long protest march in Islamabad on March 25, Dawn reported.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif was speaking to reporters at the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute on Sunday. Talking about the government’s plan to stop the procession, he said a decision would be taken if necessary.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rana Sanaullah also commented on the PTI’s long march, saying “the government and its allies will decide whether the PTI’s long march will be allowed to enter Islamabad.”
He added, “If the coalition takes action, we will not allow protesters to leave their homes.”
Referring to PTI’s commitment to organize a peaceful procession, Sanaullah added, “Considering the past record of PTI and its staff, I fear that they will come to Islamabad for the purpose of creating anarchy. I do not trust Imran Khan.” -There was a history of taking turns, “Dawn said.
He further added that if he stays in jail for three days, his politics will be erased.
He accused Imran Khan of victimizing political opponents during his three-and-a-half year tenure and said he had done nothing for the welfare project.
Sanaullah added, “The former prime minister did not get a single moment to think about the welfare of the people when he got into the nerves of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to hunt down the opposition leaders,” Sanaullah added.
Speaking on the same issue, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Secretary-General Nair Bokhari said that the people would thwart the PTI’s long march because Imran Khan’s government was burdening the people with unprecedented price hikes, Dawn reported.
“Mr Khan’s politics will not go ahead on the pretext of seeking support from the families of police officers, bureaucrats and military officers. Imran has laid off thousands of people and now he has to face their wrath,” he said.
Bokhari also said that holding a public meeting was a legal right of every citizen but the government would not allow PTI protesters to take the law into their own hands and if they were violent they would be dealt with with iron fists.
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