Offering Opp amnesty will be tantamount to betraying Pakistan: Imran

By: News Desk      Published: 08:23 PM, 5 Dec, 2020
Offering Opp amnesty will be tantamount to betraying Pakistan: Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan.–File photo

Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated on Saturday he would not offer the opposition amnesty in any case. 

In an interview to a news channel ahead of Pakistan Democratic Movement's anti-government rally in Lahore on December 13, Khan said: "The only thing they want is an NRO. I will leave the office of the PM but will never betray the country by giving them an NRO." 

He said the opposition, currently united under the banner of the PDM, an alliance of 11 political parties trying to dislodge the federal government, did not hold the country's interest close to its heart. He said the government would not allow the PDM to hold public gatherings, and warned that the government would lodge cases against the organisers.

"We will file FIRs against everyone — from the kursi wala to the sound system handlers,” he said. However, he said, the government would not stop people from going to the opposition’s rally. The PML-N is the host of the next PDM meeting at Lahore's Minar-e-Pakistan on December 13.

Despite local administrations denying permission for public meetings owing to the second wave of coronavirus infections, the PDM has so far organised two political events — one in Peshawar and another in Multan. 

The Lahore deputy commissioner has refused to grant permission for a rally at Minar-e-Pakistan due to the ongoing health crisis in the country. 

On the other hand, PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan said in a tweet that PM Imran Khan had made it clear the PDM would not be stopped from holding rallies but cases would be filed against those who would violate coronavirus SOPs and endanger public lives.