ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday slammed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social media team for running totally baseless smear drives aimed at creating a Sudan-like situation in the country.
“The PTI’s social media wanted to turn the country into Sudan via its fabricated campaigns,” the minister said, speaking to journalists in Narowal. Iqbal said the party should be ashamed of its “anti-state” narrative and activities. Referring to the Al-Qadir Trust case, the minister said the money that came from Britain was transferred to the Supreme Court’s account linking it with Imran Khan receiving bail from the judiciary following his arrest earlier this week. The PTI chairman, the minister alleged, had committed embezzlement of Rs60 billion, which was exposed. He said the former premier had claimed that the cabinet had given the approval for the transaction in question. “When it is your turn to give receipts, you are crying? When it is your turn to give receipts, you burn Jinnah House,” he said, censuring the PTI chief. The minister added that the ousted prime minister laid the foundation of chaos in the country. He called on the PTI supporters to think well and tell what developmental work had the party done in Pakistan so far. “Through Imran Khan, the country’s economy was destroyed first. The PTI chief ruined every institution,” he claimed.
The federal minister said, “No shots are fired during a hybrid war and its target is to divide institutions”. Commenting on the dissolution of the Punjab assembly in January, he said Imran was given permission to complete the task. Asking Khan to stop running away from accountability, the minister said: “Imran Khan, you should give answers and receipts.” He said the 13-party ruling coalition would stage its protest in front of the Supreme Court at 11am tomorrow (Monday).
Meanwhile, despite the protests against the “discrimination” towards other political groups in the country, the minister said that the government respects Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and the Supreme Court.