Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (centre) and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari (second right) speak during a press conference in Islamabad on March 28, 2022. — AFP

Ruling coalition calls out Imran Khan for spreading hatred against Pakistan Army

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (centre) and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari (second right) speak during a press conference in Islamabad on March 28, 2022. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: The ruling coalition on Monday called out  PTI Chairman Imran Khan  spreading hatred against the Pakistan Army and its leadership which, in turn, was making the matter of the army chief’s appointment controversial.

The coalition’s response came after Khan, during his Faisalabad rally on Sunday, had accused the government of deliberately delaying the elections as they wanted to “appoint an army chief of their own choice.”

In a joint statement, the ruling coalition condemned Khan’s public meeting for “spreading hatred against the Pakistan Army and its leadership”  and making “sensitive professional matters” controversial.

According to the statement, Khan was busy seeking revenge on his political opponents while  the entire country was battling the aftermath of the cataclysmic  floods, which have claimed more than 1,300 lives have affected  33 million people, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

The ruling partners said that the serious allegations being levelled against the military are for three reasons: to disturb the country’s economy, move Pakistan’s economy to a path that it becomes like that of Sri Lanka, and foster enmity between the nation and the armed forces.

“With the power of the Constitution and law, we will thwart this nefarious conspiracy and deal with the conspirators in line with the constitution and law,” the statement said.

The coalition government said that the country will run in line with the Constitution and it cannot be enslaved to a person’s fascism, dictatorship, and pride.

The statement added that the federal and provincial governments and the armed forces — under the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif — are helping those affected by the floods.

Apart from that, the armed forces are fighting the menace of terrorism across the country, in which the military personnel are also laying down their lives, the statement noted.

“At such a point, where the entire nation is united against terrorism, looking for economic stability, and stepping forward to help the flood-hit people, a person [Khan] is working on his agenda to divide the nation through lies and propaganda.”

The coalition government, vowing that it will not allow Khan to succeed in his “nefarious agenda”, said that they will ensure helping the flood-hit people, strive for economic stability, and make sure that the armed forces are respected.

‘Khan’s nefarious agenda clearly to disrupt, undermine Pakistan’

PM Shehbaz, in a statement on Twitter, berated Khan for maligning state institutions and said that the PTI chairman’s “despicable utterances” were hitting new levels every day.

“He is now indulging in direct mud-slinging and poisonous allegations against [the] armed forces and its leadership,” the prime minister added.

PM Shehbaz said that the PTI chairman’s “nefarious agenda is clearly to disrupt and undermine Pakistan.”

‘Khan’s speech exposed him before nation’

The PPP co-chairman, while referring to Khan’s speech made yesterday, said that the government will not allow him to make the institutions and generals “controversial”.

“From soldier to general, each jawan is brave and a patriot,” he added.

Terming Khan a “fitna” (mischief), the PPP leader said that his speech exposed him before the nation. He also lambasted the PTI for staging public rallies when the entire nation is trying to help flood victims.

Zardari, Nawaz ‘fear patriotic’ COAS

A day earlier, the PTI chairman said that Zardari and former premier Nawaz Sharif “fear” a strong and patriotic army chief, who could hold them accountable for the looted money they had stashed abroad.

Addressing a public meeting, he said a new army chief was going to be appointed in November this year, and they [Zaradri and Nawaz] jointly wanted to appoint a favourite [general] as the next army chief.

Both have committed corruption worth billions, and they wanted to appoint an army chief who could protect them and their corruption, Imran Khan alleged.

The PTI chair alleged that PM Shehbaz, his brother Nawaz, and Zardari had been involved in laundering the public money, and the two families had been looting the national exchequer for the last 30 years.

The PTI chair blamed the incumbent government for destroying the national economy in four months.

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