PM wins praise for rapping US over Afghanistan
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Senior journalists and political analysts have deliberated upon the back-to-back defeats of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s interview to an American media.
During 24NewsHD programme – DNA – noted figures Salim Bokhari, Iftikhar Ahmad, PJ Mir, and Javed Iqbal were of the view that the PTI victory in Sialkot by-polls after AJK election is a blow to the PML-N. The PML-N lose its 30 years old seat to the PTI as fervent and fiery speeches by PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz failed to bear fruit.
PJ MIR said people do not be attracted by sloganeers now. He stressed that PML-N should focus on the leaders other than the Sharifs – three-time premier Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif, former Punjab CM Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz.
Salim Bokhari said only Nawaz Sharif’s decision and narrative matters in the PML-N. Iftikhar Ahmad said Siakot by-election victory is the success of PM aide Usman Dar. Javed Iqbal said the narrative of rigidity and resistance failed in the Sialkot by-polls. He questioned as to how the persons who never show respect the vote, can force others to do so.
About PM Imran Khan’s interview to an American media, Iftikhar Ahmad said the premier pointed to the perilous facts.
He said if the ethnic groups of Afghanistan go for separatists movement, the country will split as it consists of 42 per cent Pashtuns, two per cent Balochs, 27 per cent Tajiks, nine per cent Hazaras and Uzbeks and three percent Turkmens.
PJ Mir recalled US forces left Bagram Airbase at night. Javed Iqbal said Doha dialogue session next month will be very important.
"I think the US has really messed it up in Afghanistan," the premier said during an appearance on PBS NewsHour, an American news programme. He questioned American motive of Afghan invasion in the first place and then their subsequent attempts of seeking a political solution with the Taliban.