Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PTI Chairman Imran Khan have engaged in a war of words on social media with the latter asking the former if his government was responsible for the alleged actions against his party including the “blacking out” of his speeches on media and the premier responding that they had not time for the former PM’s “accusations and misunderstandings”.
“My question to (PM) Shehbaz Sharif: Are you responsible for the nefarious attempt to silence us on media due to the fear of Tehreek-e-Insaf, torturing journalists and registering false cases against them, blacking out me and Tehreek-e-Insaf on TV and YouTube and stopping the broadcast of my flood relief telethon?” the PTI chairman asked PM Shehbaz on Twitter a day ago.
Question for Shahbaz Sharif: Are you, out of PTI-fear, responsible for media gags on us, threat & violence against journalists & fake cases against them, forcing blackout of PTI & myself from TV & YouTube & the callous act of trying to blackout my flood relief telethon?— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 12, 2022
“We know that your criminal followers and their patrons are afraid of the PTI’s popularity. If you are not responsible for usurping our constitutional rights and deviating from international commitments regarding freedom of expression and press, then it is your responsibility to tell the nation who is responsible for all this,” Imran continued.
We know your cabal of crooks & handlers are petrified of PTI popularity. But if you are not responsible for violating our constitutional rights & int commitments on freedom of press & speech, then it is your responsibility to inform nation who is responsible for these actions?— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 12, 2022
Responding to the PTI chief on Tuesday, PM Shehbaz said that his government was engaged in resettling the people affected by floods and had no time for his “accusations and misunderstandings”.
“Our government is busy in rehabilitating the flood victims, therefore, [we do] not have time for your accusations and misunderstandings,” PM Shehbaz stated on Twitter.
ہماری حکومت اسوقت سیلاب متاثرین کی بحالی میں مصروف ہے لہذا آپکے الزامات و غلط فہمیوں سے متعلق کوئی وقت نہیں۔رہ گئی بات چندے کی تو امید ہے کہ آپ موجودہ فنڈز کے ساتھ ساتھ2010کےسیلاب متاثرین کے نام پر لئے گئے چندےوغیر قانونی فارن فنڈنگ کی ایک ایک پائی کاحساب اُسی طرح ضرور دیں گے>1/2 https://t.co/1m4nOgnkak— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) September 13, 2022
Regarding the money collected for the flood victims, the premier expressed the hope that the PTI chairman would give an “account for every single penny” raised in the telethon as well as the donations gathered during the 2010 floods “as I and my colleagues have always given”.
Commenting on the Imran’s accusations of oppression, PM Shehbaz stated that such restrictions and methods were the “PTI’s tactics and not ours”.
“We are only following the path of the law and the Constitution,” he added.
جِس طرح میں نے اور میرے ساتھیوں نے ہمیشہ خندہ پیشانی سے دیا اور ابھی تک قانون کے سامنے سر جھکایا ہوا ہے۔— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) September 13, 2022
یہ تمام پابندیاں اور ہتھکنڈے آپ کے خصائل ہیں، ہمارے نہیں۔ ہم صرف قانون اور آئین کے راستے پر چل رہے ہیں۔
Earlier, the PTI had censured the government for allegedly blocking the transmission of the telethon that the party had arranged on Sunday night for gathering donations from overseas Pakistanis.
Separately, in the cabinet meeting, PM Shehbaz on Tuesday said that flood-stricken people were angry over those politicians who were busy in holding rallies despite the natural calamity in the country, adding that masses would hold them accountable at the right time.
“The people know who is doing politics and who is serving them. People are quiet but they are in pain and will respond when the time will come,” Express News quoted the premier as saying.
The premier urged the ministers to focus more on helping the poor hit by the floods at this critical time beside carrying out their official duties.
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