Ministers censure Sharif for ‘defaming’ army

Pakistan News

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE:

Ministers on Saturday launched a scathing attack on former premier Nawaz Sharif, accusing him of defaming the military and playing dirty politics to make political instability within the country.

They stepped up their criticism of PML-N supreme leader each day after Prime Minister Imran Khan held a gathering with PTI members and spokespersons to sketch a technique to counter the opposition’s anti-government movement.

Information Minister Shibli Faraz said Sharif shouldn’t punish Pakistan for being stripped faraway from power.
“Sharif changes his ideology like changing weather. Now that he’s not in power, he has become a revolutionary. When he was in power, he had become a dictator,” the minister tweeted.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid said Prime Minister Imran Khan had made a “wrong decision” by allowing TV channels to broadcast former premier Nawaz Sharif’s fiery speech at the opposition parties’ confab last month.

“Nawaz Sharif has declared a war against the Pakistan Army, which is that the greatest army within the world,” the minister, who is understood for setting off a political buzz together with his unconventional statements, claimed while addressing a press conference in Lahore.

FILE — In this Dec. 21, 2016 file photo, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, inspects Bosnian Army honor guard during the visit to Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Pakistan’s top court is to deliver a much-awaited decision on corruption allegations against members of Sharif’s family, a decision that could determine his political future. If the Supreme Court announces punitive measures against Sharif or his family members as part of the decision, it may lead to a serious crisis in government. (AP Photo/Amel Emric, File)

“A man [Nawaz], who once was nurtured within the military’s nursery himself, is now speaking against it [army],” he added, criticising the PML-N supreme leader for his anti-establishment stance.

“If I were in his [PM Imran] place, i might haven’t allowed Nawaz’s speech to be aired. The prime minister made a wrong decision.”

Rashid further maintained that the PML-N had remained silent for one year and 10 months because it had been “bargaining” for a deal.
He added that several people were involved in these negotiations and therefore the PML-N had even sought the assistance of brotherly Islamic countries to strike a pact.

The minister reiterated that an “S” faction would break free from the PML-N. “A Muslim League member can never be against the military ,” he added.

Speaking about the opposition parties’ decide to send the PTI-led government packing under the banner of their newly formed alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), Rashid said their protest movement was driven by the fear that PTI would take the bulk in Senate after its elections in March.
The minister challenged the opposition parties to resign from the assemblies, saying that the govt was able to hold by-polls. “They are going to be exhausted wherever by-elections are held.”

He also doubted that the PPP, which was a neighborhood of the alliance, would resign from the assemblies because it wouldn’t risk losing its government in Sindh.
Rashid further claimed that the opposition parties were using JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for the last two years. “He [Fazl] shouldn’t allow himself to be employed by other opposition parties this point .”

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar also hit out at Sharif, alleging that the previous premier wanted to make political instability within the country. Addressing a press conference , he said despite having evidence, Sharif didn’t utter a word to condemn the subversive activities of Indian spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan.

“Nawaz Sharif has damaged the repute of state institutions,” he added.

Sarwar said the govt was taking all possible steps to bring Sharif back.

“Nawaz Sharif and his family are playing dirty politics.”

The minister said Sharif’s medical board should be challenged and its report should be investigated. “No matter what the opposition does, they’re going to not get an NRO.”

The aviation minister said there was no threat to the govt and therefore the opposition’s protests wouldn’t hinder the event of the country.

He advised PML-N activists and supporters to avoid supporting an individual who was playing within the hands of the enemy. He maintained that MQM leaders and activists had dissociated themselves from the party’s founder Altaf Hussain when started speaking against the country.

Speaking at a ceremony in Lahore, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood claimed that the PML-N wanted the govt to offer an NRO to Sharif. “The government faces no threat from the opposition parties,” he added.

“Rejected political elements want to hide up their corruption through negative politics.”


Addressing ceremonies in Nowshera Kalan and Aman Gardh, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said the opposition’s tirade against state institutions would only provide the country’s enemies a chance to realize their nefarious designs.

He said religious and political entities should join hands to determine peace within the region and support Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination.

PM’s Special Assistant on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said the convicted PML-N supreme leader had become a security threat as his diatribe against national institutions could dent the country.

“Nawaz Sharif has targeted state institutions with mala fide intentions and leaked sensitive information during the past week,” Gill said during a news conference at the PID Regional Office in Lahore.

“I am not calling Nawaz a traitor, but he’s a greedy businessman, who always becomes a RAW [Indian secret agency Research and Analysis Wing] agent for monetary gains,” he added.

The PM’s aide said the previous PM, in his recent virtual speeches, had peddled Indian propaganda against Pakistan to destabilise the country.

“Politicians shouldn’t blame the military for his or her mistakes if that they had did not deliver. the military has not interfered within the political working of the PTI government led by PM Imran Khan.”

Sharif broke his long silence during a PPP-hosted all parties conference on September 20, taking his ‘vote ko izzat do’ mantra to subsequent level by declaring that the opposition wasn’t up against PM Imran but those that had brought him into power within the 2018 elections.

Later while addressing party leaders and activists, he accused state institutions of meddling into political and parliamentary affairs.

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