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‘Imran sacrificed his govt but did not accept slavery’

Qureshi says history will expose ‘conspirators’

Former parliamentary affairs minister Ali Muhammad Khan said on Saturday that Imran Khan sacrificed his government but did not accept “slavery”.

He was addressing the National Assembly after Imran Khan lost the no-trust motion filed by the joint opposition.

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Earlier, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) never intended to violate the constitution.

“Respecting the constitution is binding on all of us,” he said. Qureshi also informed the house about an alleged international conspiracy to topple the government of Imran Khan. He said that the [former] government wanted to hold an in-camera session of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security for a briefing on the letter.

“It was unfortunate that with the support of foreign powers, the majority of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the lower house of parliament was being converted into a minority,” he added. Qureshi expressed confidence that history would expose the elements that hatched the “conspiracy”.

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He said that it was the right time for the nation to decide whether they wanted to live with dignity and pride or otherwise. He told parliamentarians that Imran Khan had undertaken the visit to Russia in consultation with all stakeholders. “Pakistan always believed in true implementation of international laws and United Nations charter,” he added. He said Imran Khan had time and again announced that Pakistan would be a partner in peace.

Qureshi also dispelled the impression that the “threatening letter” had been prepared in the Foreign Office. “This is an authentic letter, written by a Grade-22 senior and seasoned diplomat posted there,” he said. In his address, former minister for planning, development, and special initiatives Asad Umar said about 5.5 million jobs had been created due to prudent policies of the former PTI government during the last three years.

He said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had created about 5.7 jobs during its previous stint in power.

He went on to say that the country had achieved over five percent growth rate during the last two years, which was the highest in the last 15 years. He said that the people of Pakistan would never support the elements working against the interest of the country. Asad Umar asked lawmakers to work for strengthening and supremacy of parliament.

Former minister for energy Hammad Azhar said there were clear proofs of foreign interference in the “regime change plot”.

He said the public had given the mandate to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 2018 general elections as the party had won 156 seats.

He said that the PTI wanted to go for early elections but other parties were reluctant to do so.

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