Imran trying to hoodwink people by distorting facts: PM Shehbaz
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Thursday while reacting to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s address at a seminar in Islamabad said Imran Niazi was confusing people by distorting facts, playing mind games and insulting intelligence of people through deceitful speech.
In a tweet on the social media platform Twitter, he said: “This is what self-righteousness does to you: you consider yourself holy & above reproach despite flawed conduct in office. You confuse people by distorting facts. You play mind games & insult their intelligence through deceitful ways. Niazi’s speech today was nothing but this.”
This is what self-righteousness does to you: you consider yourself holy & above reproach despite flawed conduct in office. You confuse people by distorting facts. You play mind games & insult their intelligence through deceitful ways. Niazi's speech today was nothing but this.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) August 18, 2022
In today’s address, Imran called on the “neutrals” — the term he uses for the military establishment — to “review their policies” while there was still time.
“I want to ask the neutrals today […] do you know where the country is heading?” he said during his address at a seminar in Islamabad. How can the country and economy progress when you don’t even know what will happen in the next 2-3 months,” Imran asked, adding that political stability was the pre-requisite for economic development and neither could be had without free and fair elections.
The PTI chairman warned that “correct decisions” needed to be taken immediately, asserting that he preferred death instead of accepting the incumbent government, which he referred to as a “compound failure”.
He recalled that prior to him coming to power, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) used to tell him about the corruption of the PPP and PML-N. “I started believing that establishment will act but that did not happen.”
Imran said that when he became the prime minister, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was not under his control. “There was a hand of someone who would press the accelerator and undo it as per his wish. If NAB was in my control, I would have retrieved Rs15 to Rs20 billion from them [the political parties],” he claimed.
“I now ask the establishment, how did you let these corrupt leaders rule the country? This means you don’t see theft as a bad thing.
“When the establishment was aware of the corrupt people, why did not they stop their way?” the ex-premier asked, pointing out that the establishment had the greatest degree of power in the country. “But with great power comes great responsibility,” he said. “No matter how many times you call yourself neutral, history will blame you for what you did with the country.”
Imran then cautioned that there was still time to “review policies”, elaborating that “decisions taken behind closed doors” were not in the best interest of Pakistan.
“You should review and think that there are 220 million people in this country […],” he said, adding that over 60 per cent of the population comprised of youngsters, and they needed jobs.“