Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday accused former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of being part of a “grand design” to oust Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif.
The remarks came after Imran Khan claimed in an interview that former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa had “sent two brigadiers” in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the Panama Papers case that ultimately led to the disqualification of then-premier Nawaz Sharif. Imran claimed that “before the extension, he [Bajwa] used to tell journalists how much corruption they [political leaders] have been involved in”, but later the same leaders were “brought into power”.
“In their JIT, Gen (retd) Bajwa had sent two brigadiers that later proved Nawaz Sharif’s Panama case,” he said, adding that “to this date, Nawaz Sharif refuses to forgive Bajwa” for this reason. But Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif came down hard on the PTI chairman, calling him “an agent of anarchy and chaos”.
“Imran Niazi has been part of a grand design to oust Nawaz Sharif and victimise PML-N in the name of accountability,” PM Shehbaz Sharif wrote on his official Twitter handle.
From 2013 on, he said, Imran Khan has been an agent of anarchy and chaos in the country. “His poisonous rants have debased politics, polarised society and undermined state institutions,” he further said.
PM condemns desecration of Holy Quran
Separately, Shehbaz Sharif condemned the abhorrent act of desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden.
In a tweet, the premier said: “No words are enough to adequately condemn the abhorrable act of desecration of the Holy Quran by a right-wing extremist in Sweden.”
Shehbaz emphasised that “the garb of freedom of expression” was used to hurt the religious sentiments of the 1.5 billion Muslims across the world, calling the act “unacceptable”.
Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Sunday that so-called “Sadiq and Amin” had admitted to investing Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital’s $3 million charity fund in a housing society.
While taking a jibe at Imran Khan, the minister said that the people of Pakistan had given funds for Shaukat Khanum Hospital and not for the private housing society.
Separately, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Sunday said that PML-N senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz will return to Pakistan on January 28 to formally kick-start the election drive.