PPP leaders protest against Imran’s controversial remarks

Ghulam Palijo says such statements will trigger wave of unrest, insurgency across country

Hanif Samoon and Kamran Khamiso Khowaja

Pakistan People’s Party leaders, lawmakers and workers came out on roads on Sunday in the district headquarters of the province to register their protest against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan over his anti-state statements and issuing threats of breaking the country into pieces.

The PPP workers staged demonstrations in Badin, Mithi, Mirpurkhas, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sanghar and other districts of Sindh.

Led by Special Assistant to CM Sadiq Memon, MPA Riaz Hussain Shah Shirazi, former MPA Ghulam Qadir Palijo, Hameed Panhwer and other leaders, workers marched on the main thoroughfares of the city and chanted slogans against the ousted PM and his political allies.

Speaking to the workers and media, the PPP leaders slammed the former premier for his recent remarks about the armed forces and the stability and integrity of the country.

After being ousted from the corridors of power, they said, Khan had lost his mental equilibrium and advised him to get himself admitted for treatment of his ‘mental disorders’. They said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto, ex-president Asif Ali Zardari and others, despite facing the worst form of state oppression, always tried to strengthen Pakistan and never thought of damaging the country’s image.

Stalwart PPP leader Ghulam Qadir Palijo said that the country was passing through a troublesome phase of history and such statements would trigger a wave of unrest and insurgency across the country and would depict an ugly picture of Pakistan in front of the world. “These statements have badly mutilated the sentiments of Pakistanis,” he claimed.

Slamming Khan, Sadiq Memon said that the country was sailing in a powerless boat during his rule as the former premier never had a concrete strategy for the development of the country; instead, he kept victimising political rivals in the garb of accountability. He further said that Khan was ousted through a constitutional and democratic process.

PPP MPA Riaz Shah Shirazi said that people would never elect such a person again who had ulterior intentions for the beloved homeland, a country for which everyone would want to lay down their life. He added that Khan’s statement fell within the parameters of high treason. “Ouster from the government has deprived Khan of his senses,” he maintained.

The PPP leaders demanded an unconditional apology from the former premier. They asserted that every patriotic Pakistani was ready to render the supreme sacrifice for the sovereignty and integrity of the country.