Imran Khan’s disqualification not moment of celebration, says PM Shehbaz
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Saturday said the disqualification of former prime minister Imran Khan was not a moment to cherish and instead it is a matter of reflection.
He expressed the views while addressing a news conference in Lahore alongside Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and adviser Attaullah Tarar.
PM said Imran Khan has now proved to be a certified traitor, thief, and liar.
He said the name of the Chief Election Commissioner was submitted by Imran Khan for the appointment and the same one has declared Imran Khan guilty of corrupt practices.
He alleged that Imran came into power after the “worst rigging”, adding that the PTI chief auctioned off state gifts after claiming the proceeds would go to the treasury.
“The nation would have saluted you if you had deposited money from selling state gifts in the treasury. I would’ve too despite being your political opponent,” he said, adding that Imran had disrespected Pakistan.
PM Shehbaz said that he had once received a letter from the Cabinet Division about being able to buy a state gift after paying a certain amount.
“I answered back to the letter saying, ‘No, thank you’ and deposited [the gift] in the Toshakhana.”
He said state gifts were now being displayed at the Prime Minister House to dispel the impression that they go missing. “Now, I have them [displayed] in PM House so the people know who sold the gifts and pocketed the money.”
PM Shehbaz said that disrespecting the country in this manner was a “very serious thing”. There is nothing worse than a prime minister selling state gifts without having them valued and pocketing the cash, he said.
He reiterated that the person accusing others of being a thief had been proven a “certified thief”.
The prime minister alleged that Imran’s Banigala residence was constructed in violation of rules and regulations, which the PTI chief later regularised. “But he then went to Raiwind to demolish my mother’s home. This is the [extent] of his revenge.”
The premier also took exception to PTI leaders’ assertion that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif had “written” the electoral watchdog’s verdict against Imran. By that argument, did Imran pen the decision which led to Nawaz’s disqualification, he questioned.
He said getting out of the FATF grey list is a great achievement and appreciated Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto, Hina Rabbani Khar, officers and authorities for the feat.
He said Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa played a very responsible role in the FATF issue.
“We also supported a lot as opposition in the legislation related to FATF,” said the PM.
The Prime Minister said national dignity and national interest have never been compromised.
He said the flood victims are still forced to sit under the open sky and warm clothes, food and tents are to be delivered to flood victims.
He said Pakistan was not on the grey list during Nawaz Sharif's tenure.