ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday hit back at Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, providing ‘answers’ to the four questions he raised during a public rally in Bahawalpur a day earlier.
The minister said that it was he who advised PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to deliver his victory speech on May 11. He said the PML-N had already won from 120 constituencies when he advised his leader to make the speech at 11:20 pm. “Come, and hang me for this,” he told the PTI chief.
He said Imran’s allegations about appointments of the interim government were baseless. He said the Supreme Court appointed the interim prime minister and Pakistan People’s Party suggested the name of Najam Sethi as caretaker chief minister of Punjab.
He said that Najam Sethi made appointments on the demands of Imran Khan and Chaudhrys of Gujrat, which didn’t go well with the PML-N. “Sethi appointed new secretaries for the information and home departments. We never complained,” he added.
On the issue of 35 punctures, Pervaiz Rashid said they (PML-N) would have punctured the ‘whole tube’ of Imran Khan had they been able to do so. He said had PML-N rigged elections in Punjab, PTI candidate would have never won in Rawalpindi. He said Hanif Abbasi lost his seat in Rawalpindi which he had been always winning in the past.
The minister said it was Imran Khan who had demanded that election should be held under the supervision of judiciary for he believed in its independence, fairness, and freedom. He said Imran Khan himself had demanded appointment of returning officers from the judiciary. “Returning Officers were taking orders from the judiciary because the election was held under the supervision of judiciary,” Rashid said.
He said that Imran Khan was trying to create unrest in the country instead of doing constructive politics. “Imran Khan does not want the country to progress and is trying to disrupt the democratic system. But, we will not let him succeed in his objectives,” he said. “We don’t talk of hanging people on the streets.”
He said that the prime minister had already constituted a committee for bringing reforms in the electoral process. Demands of Imran Khan to the election commission and federal government are quite unreasonable, he said. The PTI leadership should highlight such issues in the parliament which is the right forum in this regard, he added.
The minister said that Imran Khan should rather focus on improving performance of his party in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and serving the people of the province. “Government of Imran Khan’s party has totally flopped in KP. Now they are trying to derail the whole democratic system. We won’t let them succeed.”
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