Imran on the offensive, asks 'how can Shehbaz be so shameless'

Imran laments 10 months of economic turmoil, deterioration in human rights, rule of law

News Desk February 03, 2023
PTI Chairman Imran Khan addresses party workers via video link.—SCREENGRAB

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief and former premier Imran Khan on Friday lamented the 10 months of "fascist" rule by the incumbent coalition government as his party refused to participate in an apex committee meeting called by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Maintaining his previous stance against the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government, in a tweet, Imran said he would not recognise "this imported government installed through conspiracy and horse-trading".

"How can Shehbaz Sharif be so shameless given his government's destruction in 10 months of our economy and democracy with brazen fascism, end of fundamental rights and rule of law; and allowing terrorism to spread under his watch?" the tweet read.

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The tweet also shared a brief summary of the political persecution the PTI and its allies allege to have suffered during the incumbent government's tenure, including the 'murder' of journalist Arshad Sharif, an alleged assassination attempt at Imran himself as well as the arrests and alleged torture of leaders including Shahbaz Gill, Azam Swati among others.

The tweet comes after the PTI declined an invite from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to participate in the apex committee discussing the Peshawar mosque tragedy.

PTI Spokesperson Shaukat Yousafzai stated that the PTI leadership has decided against participating in the apex committee that is scheduled to meet today to discuss the terror attack that occurred in Peshawar on Monday.

Yousafzai questioned how the PTI could participate in such a forum when it was protesting the policies of the incumbent government.

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It may be noted here that the PM had urged all political entities to join forces in an attempt to build a united front to counter terrorism in the country.

“My message to all political forces is one of unity against anti-Pakistan elements”, he had said adding that “we can fight our political fights later”.

Meanwhile, the government went on to arrest former interior minister Shiekh Rashid on Thursday with reports of a raid at former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi's family home surfacing as well, both of whom have been close allies of the PTI.


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