Marriyum defends state institutions

Information minister criticises PTI chief for calling them ‘watchmen’


APP October 04, 2022
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD:

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday said national institutions were guardians of the national security and defence, and not "personal guards" of former prime minister Imran Khan who had termed them "watchmen".

The state institutions were not there to help Imran Khan to come back to power, though his entire politics was based on “crutches” and he was again trying to get back the same but to no avail, she said while addressing a presser.

The minister alleged that Imran desired the institutions "to violate their constitutional oath and become part of his game". The nation, however, would never forgive “the foreign agent, conspirator and liar”, who, she claimed, had played with the national security and violated the Constitution.

"There is a need to make an example out of Imran Khan so that in future no one could play with the national interests and the Constitution," she added.

Marriyum said during the past two months, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had worked day and night to personally supervise the relief and rehabilitation activities in the flood-affected areas.

The unprecedented floods had caused catastrophic losses and it seemed difficult to cope with the ravage, but the prime minister, the armed forces, provincial governments, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the civil society were making concerted efforts to provide relief to the flood victims, she added. Besides, she said, friendly countries had also supported Pakistan in its hour of need for which "we are grateful to them".

She pointed out that during the prime minister's recent visits to the United States and Uzbekistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit and United Nations General Assembly session, the focus of his activities remained on floods.

The minister said joint surveys were being carried out with the cooperation of local governments for providing assistance to the affected people in the reconstruction process.

Marriyum said at the time when PM Shehbaz was busy in flood relief activities, audio leaks of another person who remained the country's chief executive for nearly four years, were surfacing.

Preempting his ouster from power, she said, Imran Khan waived a paper at a rally on March 27 claiming that a foreign conspiracy", as he could repeatedly be heard saying, "we have to play with this cypher".

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She said the cypher was sent on March 7, received at the Foreign Office on March 8, and the Prime Minister's House sought its copy on March 9. It was astonishing as to why the then PM did not inform the nation about the so-called conspiracy against his government instantly, she added.

"Imran Khan, however, staged the drama of conspiracy on March 27 when he realized that the no-confidence motion against him would succeed as his allies had decided to part their ways with him.”

She alleged that a "thief, corrupt and incompetent" Imran Khan had destroyed the country's economy, made a deal on Kashmir, and created chaos and anarchy in the country.

The minister said as per the leaked audios, Imran Khan had decided to "play with the cypher", but was not ready to mention the name of the conspiring country. It was agreed to hold a meeting on the cypher, with minutes containing the word "conspiracy", but the audios had exposed his drama, she added.

Marriyum said the first audio was leaked on September 27, and the second one surfaced September 30, which had the conversation about convening of the meeting of the then foreign minister, foreign secretary and three to four ministers on the cipher, and as to how its minutes were to be prepared.

The September 30 audio leak also revealed that the cypher would be called as a letter, she added.

Taking a jibe at Imran Khan, she said those who had been struggling for "real freedom" were saying in the audio leak that they would not dare to mention the name of the country, which they would blame for the so-called conspiracy.

"Imran Khan repeatedly said in the audio leak that the name of America should not come out of our mouths,", the minister said.

The minister claimed that Imran Khan knew that he was playing with the country's interests, national security and the Constitution by doing politics over the cypher. "Imran Khan misled the nation, and played with the national security and interests," she added.

He said Imran Khan had befooled the people, tried to spread anarchy in the country, dissolved the National Assembly and violated the Constitution for his own interests, but he was not even ashamed that he played with the country for the sake of his political gains and thirst for power.

"Why is Imran Khan afraid (of arrest) today, while he kept his political opponents in jails for four years," the minister said.

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Besides, he had filed references against the opposition leaders in courts and misused state power to victimize them, and all that was in nexus with NAB, she added.

For Imran Khan the sensitive issue of national security was just a political one, she said, citing the Secrecy Act which stated that the cypher could not be made public.

She said Imran Khan had not denied his two audio leaks which seemed to be confessions.

"Imran Niazi jailed political opponents, used Tayyaba Gul's video, blackmailed NAB chairman and created NAB-Niazi nexus to achieve his ulterior motives,” she stressed.

The minister said there was concrete evidence against Imran Khan, and the Federal Cabinet had discussed it in detail and a sub-committee cabinet was formed in this regard.

She said the sub-committee had decided that the matter falls under the purview of a criminal investigation. “This matter will be brought to a logical conclusion by conducting a thorough investigation,” she maintained.

She said that Imran Khan's recent audio leaks were of the time when he was in the prime minister's chair. Imran should have known that such games leave a bad impact on foreign relations and national security matters.

Pakistan was facing the consequences of his antics, the minister regretted.

The video of Imran Khan's remarks about the missing cypher in an interview with private news was also played during the press conference.

Marriyum said Imran had a copy of the cypher but now it's gone missing. “This is the document on which the entire game was played, the constitution was violated, the National Assembly was dissolved,” she added.

Marriyum said that Imran Khan received this copy in the Prime Minister's House and took it with him and today he claimed that he did not know its whereabouts.

She questioned if such a person should not be called a traitor, then what should be called.

She said that Imran Khan had made a mockery of the country, befooled the people, and used the state of Madinah and the holy terms like Amr-bil-Maluf for his political motives.

Marriyum said that Imran Khan was thrown out of power through a democratic process.

She said that Imran Khan threatened the institutions every day, shouted at judges and then apologized. She said that Imran Khan was a loser and a liar. APP

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