Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has warned former premier Imran Khan to not dare to cross the limits while accusing Khan of making threats against the sovereignty of the country.
PM Shehbaz is on his three-day visit to Türkiye. He wrote on Twitter on Thursday that while he was out of the country, Imran Khan was making “naked threats” against the country. He added that Imran Khan’s latest interview was proof of the fact that he was not fit for public office.
The premier was referring to Imran Khan’s interview which he gave to Bol News on Wednesday in which he said that If the establishment was not going to make good decisions right now, then the country could be divided.
In the interview, Khan said that the establishment was a problem for the country. He said that he could give in writing the statement that if the establishment would not take the right decisions, the country would become bankrupt and the army would be destroyed as well.
“Pakistan is going towards a default. If that happens then which institution will be [worst] hit? The army. After it is hit, what concession will be taken from us? Denuclearisation,” he said. “If the right decisions aren’t made at this time then the country is going towards suicide,” he added.
“Do your politics but don’t dare to cross limits and talk about [the] division of Pakistan,” he warned Khan.
Meanwhile, PEMRA has banned the broadcast of Imran Khan’s aforementioned statement. In a letter issued on Thursday, it was said that the show hosted by Sami Ibrahim titled “Tajzia” had Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan as a guest speaker and his remarks during the interview at 20:19 gravely threatened the national security, sovereignty, integrity and ideology of the country.
“Therefore, Chairman PEMRA under Section 27 and under Section 13 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007, prohibited the broadcast or rebroadcast of the content uttered by Khan with immediate effect,” the statement read.
The letter further said that all satellite TV channels are further directed to ensure that an effective time-delay mechanism be put in place and an impartial and independent editorial board be constituted.