State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Sunday said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan should be tried for hatching a conspiracy to sabotage the country’s integrity and solidarity in connivance with the Taliban.
“Imran Khan is in league with the Taliban who are trying to harm the Constitution, the democratic set-up and rule of law,” the minister told media persons. “He has tried to divide the nation by offering Eid prayers in Mardan a day before the rest of Pakistan… simply to please the Taliban.”
He said the Taliban and Imran Khan were on the same page. They wanted to weaken the country by turning it into a fascist state, he said.
Ali said that Khan was bent on derailing the democratic system but people would foil his nefarious designs him by boycotting his “so-called long march”. He said the government was committed to eradicating terrorism with help from the Pakistan Army. “The army is fighting terrorists while the PTI chief is working on the Taliban’s agenda,” the minister said.
“It is time to support the army that has been rendering sacrificing for the integrity and solidarity of the country. Creating chaos will only result in anarchy.”
He said the PTI should stop its politics of agitation and raise its concerns in the parliament. He said the government was willing to talk to all political parties.
The minister laid floral wreaths on the graves of army and police officials at the Ghulam Muhammadabad graveyard on Sunday.
“Our forefathers sacrificed a lot during the Pakistan Movement and now the army is fighting to protect the country. We celebrate Independence Day to pay tribute to them,” the minister told media persons.
A police contingent also presented a tribute to the monuments of the fallen.
MNA Haji Akram Ansari, MPA Mian Tahir Jamil, DCO Noorul Amin Mengal and City Police Officer Suhail Habib Tajik were present on the occasion.
The minister said the Pakistan Army had rendered invaluable services in the war against terrorism. He said terrorism would soon be eliminated and Pakistan would become a peaceful, welfare state.
“The country is going through testing times and there is no room for political confrontation on national issues,” he said.
Ali said the purpose of arranging one-month Independence Day celebrations was to promote unity and national solidarity.
Mengal said special programmes were being arranged to express solidarity with the families of those who had sacrificed their lives for the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th,2014.
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@Ch. Allah Daad: Laughable, he only puts the blame on. While PTI cuts the power of its sitting minister on non-payment of dues. That's the difference. Also, Mr. Abid reached the national assembly driving on the wrong side of the road, literally. Do you seriously expect this guy to uphold other national laws??
@Ch. Allah Daad The one who see any beauty in Abid Shair Ali's politics and governance must visit psychiatrist. A third class politician of third world politics.
Who can deny this? There is a war going on to eradicate Terrorism and the power hungry IK and Canadian decides to fight government now?
As if all the problems are because of PMLN. Have people forgotten last 15 years and the abyss Pakistan was in?
@sajjad ahmed My friend no one needs to give you any reason and you don't need to question any ones love for their country. Are you this naïve that electricity issue will be resolved in one year when NOTHING has been done in last 15 years? Are you in your senses? Are any of PTI followers in their senses what can go wrong with Pakistan if their Chaos become anarchy?
What kind of revolution Qadri will bring sitting next to Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervez Elahi? Are these two saits? are these two not the worse by product of our political system, what is qadri doing sitting with them. What about Sheikh rasheed, how is he different from any other politicians?
Open your eyes.
Yes - his statement is correct. One side it is war going between our Army and the terrorists and many of our Jawans lost their precious lives. Imran Khan and Qadri want to start second front inside the country. Their actions will bring untold misery and suffering to the people of Pakistan. Have you ever read Imran Khan condemning the Taliban or sectarian killings. What for their talk of 'revolution and marches' except for their power hungry interests. People become fools once again if they follow these imported and flamboyant leaders.
Such irrelevant statements by the Govt. office holders, not only makes them look like liars but also lose their creditably These people should be reminded that with the electronic age of communication they have a wider and educated audience, It is his Party that came to power with the support of extremist.
Whenever there is some doubt as to whether one should be supporting Khan or not, just look at the guys criticising him... cartoon characters like this Abid Sher Ali.... faith in IK is immediately restored!
@ Ch. Allah Daad sahab. honestly give us a single reason for supporting this sher ali guy or for that matter pml-n. don't you even love your country one bit. look at the performance of his department during this tenure. ahhh the irony.we slaves by mentality
It is time for Abid Sher Ali, Sheikh Rasheed & Saada Rafique to shut up, period. Don't add fuel to fire. It will be wise if you put your foot in your mouth and go away from the stage. Better yet, all three of you should be fired and that will be Nawaz' first attempt towards reconciliation with Imran Khan.
After listening yesterday's statements of Imran and Qadri, I must admit that Taliban are much more civilized and better people than both of these anarchists.
ASA is the biggest BS'er in this world. We know of his record with Load Shedding. I would not hire him as a "Peon" in my company.