Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan protested against three-time former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday for accusing the army chief of rigging elections and establishing a “puppet government” in Islamabad.
Sharif, the 70-year-old leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), who was ousted from power by the Apex Court in 2017 on transplant charges, directly appointed Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Chief Lt. Gen Faiz Hameed for meddling in the 2018 election to ensure Imran Khan’s victory.
Khan met in Sharif on Saturday and said that the PML-N-Supremo entered politics by “polishing General Zia’s shoes” – an indication that Sharif was in the 1980s during the martial law of then-military dictator General Zia -ul Haq had joined politics.
Khan said Sharif chose to use negative language against army leadership when soldiers sacrificed their lives for the nation.
“Why are they sacrificing their lives? For us, for the country. And this jackal with its tail between its legs spoke such a language for the army chief and DG ISI,” said Khan.
The powerful army, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 70+ years, has wielded considerable power over security and foreign policy issues.
Khan said Sharif took “millions” of rupees from Meeran Bank in the late 1980s to fight Benazir Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
“This is the man who put Zardari (PPP co-chair Asif Ali) in jail twice. It was Zardari who started the Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against him (Sharif), not General Bajwa,” said Khan.
Khan described the joint rally of the opposition parties as a “circus”.
He also targeted PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz, saying that the two “children” who had never worked an hour in their lives and lived on the “illegitimate accomplishments of their fathers” made speeches .
Khan said these leaders would even sell the land to protect their wealth, which they had amassed illegally.
On September 20, nearly a dozen opposition parties launched the PDM and announced a three-phase anti-government movement to overthrow the Imran Khan-led Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government.
Speaking at the PDM rally in Gujranwala on Friday, Sharif said, “(Army Chief) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has ended my government. He rigged the 2018 elections and imposed the inept Imran Khan on the nation. General Bajwa is a direct culprit and must be . ” give an answer to it. “
“You can call me a traitor if you want, confiscate my property, file false cases against me, but I will continue to speak for my people,” said Sharif, who has faced multiple corruption charges and is currently on bail.
This is not the first time Sharif has taken military leadership. During the opposition’s multi-party conference last month, he bitterly criticized the army, saying that there was “a state above the state in the country”. He had failed to name anyone, however.
However, the PML-N leader made it clear that he was not against the army, but against some people who violated the constitution.
Since his anti-army rant, the federal government has banned the media from broadcasting Sharif’s speeches.
For the first time in the country’s recent history, the opposition parties are openly protesting against military interference in politics and elections.
Sharif has lived in London since November last year, after being admitted to medical treatment by the courts and government for eight weeks. But he didn’t come back while his lawyers told the court that he was still recovering.
The Islamabad High Court asked Sharif through newspaper advertisements to appear before him by November 24th so as not to be declared a “proclaimed perpetrator”.
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