LAHORE: A day after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan threatened to launch a million-man strong long march on Islamabad while accusing the government of gross negligence during the May 11 elections, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed took the pulpit to respond to the accusations.
“I was responsible for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s victory speech on the day of elections,” said Rasheed while replying to Imran’s accusations of PML-N jumping the gun on their victory announcement.
The information minister said the PML-N had won from 120 constituencies when he asked Nawaz to make a victory speech at 11:20pm on the day of the general elections.
Further, he went on to add that Imran’s allegations about appointments in the interim government were baseless since the Supreme Court appointed the interim prime minister and Pakistan People’s Party suggested the name of Najam Sethi for interim chief minister of Punjab.
“Sethi had appointed Pervez Elahi's people in the information department and home secretary, the two main departments but PML-N never complained,” said Rasheed.
The information minister went on to make a snide comment about PTI’s rallies, suggesting the PTI chief to spend money on IDPs in Waziristan instead of holding public rallies.
"Imran Khan himself has become the executioner and the judge," the information minister said.
On June 27, Imran hurled accusation at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and asked him to reveal the names of people who had arranged his victory speech on the night of May 11, 2013 when only 15% of the votes had been counted; who appointed Punjab caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi; who had rigged the polls and what role was played by former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and whether the returning officers were under the Election Commission.
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