‘Dreams’ of Imran’s wife won’t stand up in court: Bilawal

We cannot let populist fiction dominate our discourse, poison our politics & damage our democracy, says FM

News Desk January 28, 2023
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari says Imran Khan's party funds terrorist groups to this day. PHOTO: FILE

In a tit-for-tat response to allegations levelled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan against former president Asif Ali Zardari a day earlier, Foreign Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said that former prime minister must realise that every time his wife has a dream, he cannot just come on TV and make accusations against people as “her dreams won’t stand up in court”.

The PTI chairman on Friday had claimed that a new plan was hatched for his assassination, accusing Bilawal's father of being a key conspirator.

"After terrorist outfits called myself & my party out by name in direct threats, Imran has now made false accusations against my father former president AZ (Asif Zardari)," Bilawal wrote on his official Twitter handle.

He said that Imran's statements have increased threats for his father, his family and his party and they will take them "seriously" given the history, the PPP chairman said in an apparent reference to his mother former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Rawalpindi in 2007.

"We are exploring legal response to Imran’s latest defamatory & dangerous accusations. In the past he threatened my father that he was ‘in the crosshairs of his gun’. His & his associates’ history as both sympathisers & facilitators of terrorists are well documented," he said.

When in power, Bilawal said, Imran released terrorists and arrested democrats and handed over Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to terrorist organization.

"His party funds terrorist groups to this day. All of this will be taken into account if any attack were to take place against myself, my father, or my party."

The foreign minister said that Imran's latest accusation that his family has any association with a terrorist organisation or that they would employ them to cause him harm not only defies logic but exposes them all to an increased threat.

"PPP will challenge him. We cannot let populist fiction dominate our discourse, poison our politics & damage our democracy. We will not tolerate being victims of terrorist & put up with propaganda from their political frontmen," he concluded.

Also read: Zardari conspiring to kill me: Imran

The hard-hitting statement comes a day after the former prime minister termed the alleged conspiracy ‘Plan-C’ for which he accused Zardari of paying money to a terrorist outfit to carry out the assassination attempt on his life.

“Now they have made a Plan C, and Asif Zardari is behind this. He has loads of corruption money, which he loots from the Sindh government and spends on winning elections. He [Zardari] has given money to a terrorist outfit and people from powerful agencies are facilitating him,” Imran said during a news conference from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore via a video.

“This has been decided on three fronts and they will act soon,” he added. “I am telling you this because if something happens to me the nation should know the people, who were behind this, so that the nation never forgives them,” he said.

Referring to the gun attack on him in Wazirabad in November last year, Imran further claimed that there was a plot to kill him under ‘Plan-B’ in the name of religious extremism. “They almost succeeded in their plan to kill me but now they are moving towards Plan-C,” he added.

Earlier today, PPP announced plans to send a legal notice to Imran over his allegations.

Addressing the media, PPP leaders Farhatullah Babar, Nayyar Bukhari, and Qamar Zaman Kaira criticised the deposed PM over his allegations. According to the PPP members, the former premier had “lost his mind” and the party would issue a legal notice demanding he rescinds his allegations.


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