Pakistan’s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan himself has confirmed that current PM Shehbaz Sharif is roaming around with a ‘begging bowl’. He said on Sunday that Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is traveling to different countries across the world with a begging bowl, but none of them is paying him a single penny. “Look what this imported government has done to Pakistan,” Khan, who is the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, said in an interview to a news channel.
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s recent foreign visits, Imran Khan said, ‘Shahbaz Sharif is traveling to different countries with a begging bowl, but none of them is giving him a single penny. Sharif is begging for talks with India, but New Delhi is asking him to end terrorism first. In fact, Khan referred to the Prime Minister’s recent interview to the media organization of UAE, in which he had expressed his desire to hold talks with India. Commenting on Sharif’s statement, India had said that it always wanted normal neighborly relations with Pakistan, but for such relations there should be an atmosphere free of terror and violence.
‘These people were behind my assassination attempt…’
Former PM Khan’s remarks came weeks after Sharif’s two-day visit to the UAE, during which the Gulf emirate agreed to extend an existing line of credit of $2 billion and an additional line of credit of $1 billion. This can help Pakistan to deal with the economic crisis, which is facing financial crisis amidst fast depleting foreign exchange reserves. The 70-year-old Khan further said that he was 100 per cent sure that Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and Major-General Faisal Naseer, head of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ‘ISI Counter Intelligence Wing’, were behind the assassination attempt.
‘It was God’s will that I survived’
Imran said, ‘Now I am 100 percent sure that Shehbaz and the other 2 whom I had named in the FIR, which could not be registered, conspired to kill me. It was a perfect plot, as three trained marksmen were sent to assassinate me. But it was the will of the almighty that I was saved. Khan was hit by three bullets during his party’s rally in Wazirabad area of Punjab province (about 150 km from Lahore) on November 3 last year.
‘Army must stay away from politics’
Asked whether the military establishment has become neutral after the retirement of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Khan said, “No, the military establishment is still not neutral.” Khan asked the military establishment to learn from past mistakes and stay away from politics. “If the army continues to interfere in politics and free and fair elections are not held, there will be chaos and anarchy in the country,” he warned. No one would have imagined this.
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