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EditorialChaos and confusion ahead

Chaos and confusion ahead

Former premier Imran Khan was released from the hospital and has announced that the PTI long march will resume on Tuesday, November 8. The long march was supposed to reach Islamabad on November 4, according to the earlier plan. However, the attack on Imran Khan left him injured, and the march was halted. Along with announcing the resumption of the march, Khan has welcomed the proposition of a judicial commission to probe the matter of the attack.

After the mayhem that spread in the political circles, where members of the three largest parties in the country accused each other of the attack on Khan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called for the formation of a judicial commission on the matter. Imran Khan’s closest aides accused the Sharif government and the establishment of the heinous attack. While people from the prime minister’s cabinet blamed the PTI. Imran Khan’s address to the nation was also censored by media agencies, as he confidently took the names of many high-profile people from agencies in the country. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan to form a full-court commission to find the culprit behind this attack. He has also assured the chief justice of Pakistan that he will appear in court whenever it is deemed necessary. The same commission will also investigate the murder of high-profile investigative journalist Arshad Sharif, who was shot dead in Kenya at the end of the previous month.

The prime minister assured Khan that if the commission finds him guilty of involvement in the attack, he will resign from his office. However, he has urged his political opponent to let go of the conspiracy theories, as they are only creating confusion among the masses. In a presser, he also stated that the Punjab government is primarily the PTI and that the attack on the former prime minister took place in Punjab. He said that it was the duty of the Punjab police to provide adequate security, and if they were not able to do so, the blame lies on them and not the federal government. Khan, on the other hand, is convinced that it was the PML-N government and the army that perpetrated the attack on him. He says that the police are ready to lodge an FIR against the civilian government, however, they are refusing to lodge one against the army official Khan is naming.

Both sides should stop name-calling and use the law to conclude. Imran Khan’s use of harsh language against his political opponents and agencies in the country only creates more and more distress among the people. He should not create hatred of institutions in the hearts of the people, as without its institutions, the country is likely to fall apart. Sharif and Khan both need to stop personal attacks and work towards creating a healthy political environment.

Moreover, Khan should be extremely careful when talking about sensitive agencies in the country. He must not desecrate the sanctity of the security agencies, the judiciary, and the government, as this not only creates chaos within the country but also allows outside forces to act when the iron is hot. His words can result in the sanctity and sovereignty of Pakistan being compromised, and no true patriot would like that. On the other hand, agencies of the country must stay apolitical and not indulge in politics of any kind.

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