Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Tuesday thanked the opposition ‘wholeheartedly’ and declared the no-confidence motion of the opposition a failure.
Addressing a conference of overseas Pakistanis in Islamabad, the prime minister expressed his gratitude to the opposition parties for bringing no confidence motion against him in the parliament as it had not only stirred all the ranks and files of his party across the country, but also helped the people to realize the inner self-centered motives of ‘three stooges.’
“They have fallen to their own trap. I predict, they will not only fail in their no trust motion but also lose the 2023 elections,” he added. The prime minister sarcastically pointed out that opposition parties had made the people to forget prices of tomatoes and potatoes.
“Look at the faces of these three stooges, on one side, people saw Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif, and on the other side, Asif Zardari and Fazlur Rehman. Now all the people are heading towards Islamabad to attend PTI’s gathering,” he added. Terming the no trust move ‘a special favour from Allah Almighty’, he said that he was fed up with the oppositions’s parties’ oft-repeated chorus over the fate of his government.
The prime minister said now he was fully focused on these three thieves as they did not know the nation. The nation knew it very well how Nawaz Sharif was pampered by former general Jillani, while Shehbaz Sharif delivered fruits baskets and Zardari assumed leadership of the party by selling tickets. The prime minister challenged the opposition parties to rival PTI in any sector with performance as they would miserably fail.
The prime minister challenged the opposition parties to rival PTI in any sector with performance as they would miserably fail.
In the past, the leadership of these parties had accused each other over corruption and framed graft cases. It was a PML-N leader who had named Fazlur Rehman as ‘diesel’ because of minting money through sale of diesel permits.
“If these leaders have to save the country, the people would prefer drowning with Imran Khan rather than going with them,” he added.
He said that global inflation had hit economies of all the countries alike but in Pakistan, his government was making efforts to reduce the burden of price hike on the masses.
The prime minister while lauding the contributions of overseas Pakistanis for the country’s economy said that he had close contacts links with them and realized their issues. The overseas always felt pain when they saw their motherland lagging behind from other countries in terms of progress and development.
They were tormented to experience that their previous leaders lived in palatial houses in expensive areas of London, roamed in luxurious vehicles and enjoyed casinos, he added.
The overseas sent remittances to Pakistan after toiling abroad but, the past rulers plundered their hard earn money to secure their luxurious life style, he said, adding such acts also brought bad name to the country. Two families stashed away billions of dollars in the foreign banks.
The prime minister in a veiled reference to Obama-Sharif meeting said that former prime minister Sharif kept on trembling with fears that his words might not turn the US president angry.
He said such leadership could sell out Pakistan for the sake of their corruption and petty interests and referred to an Indian journalist Burkha Dutt’s book that claimed that Nawaz Sharif held secret meeting with Indian premier Modi.
About Memogate scandal, he said Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani was tasked to convey message to Washington to save Zardari from the army. Similarly, the objective of the ‘Dawn leaks’ was a futile attempt by Nawaz Sharif to blame the armed forces of Pakistan. Modi had been falsely blaming former army chief general Raheel Sharif whereas Nawaz Sharif was inviting him to marriage ceremonies.
The prime minister expressed that the armed forces of Pakistan were fully capable of defending the country.
During the ten years of PPP and PML-N rule, about 400 drone attacks were recorded on Pakistan’s territory. They never felt ashamed that Pakistan had been fighting their war and bracing the drone attacks in return.
“Not a single international law allows such act of ‘judge, jury and execution’, the prime minister said, adding due to that war on terror, the country suffered 80,000 casualties, besides 3.5 million people were displace.
He said that he had never been an anti against any country including the US and the UK, because you could not be anti towards the people of any particular country. You could be against certain policies pursued by a country, he said while insisting upon his opposition to the US led war on terror. He further said that he also participated in a demonstration in the US against invasion of Iraq.
The prime minister said that unless India revoked its controversial and unilateral steps of August 5, 2019 on Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), no dialogue could be held.
In India, Hindutva ideology was being opposed by the learned segments of society, but in the presence of fascists, the people were facing the worst persecution, he added.