General Qamar Javed Bajwa told me not to refer to Fazl as diesel: PM Imran Khan
Imran Khan holds opposition leaders responsible for the Pakistani passport losing respect in the world
LOWER DIR ( Web News )
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed on Friday a public gathering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Lower Dir district, where he lashed out at all three party heads – PML-N President Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam–Fazl (JUI-F) Ameer Maulana Fazlur Rehman – who have joined hands to file a no-trust motion against him.
Terming them the “three stooges”, Imran Khan recalled instances from the past when, according to him, these leaders had gone against Pakistan’s national interest.
While addressing the crowd, the prime minister referred to Fazl as “diesel” but then went on to say that Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa told him not to refer to Fazl as diesel.
“I was just talking to General Bajwa and he told me not to refer to Fazl as diesel. But I am not the one who is saying that. The people have named him diesel,” the prime minister said.
The premier said that in a recent media talk, Fazl had said when he comes to power, he would “mend an institution”. This, the premier said, was a reference to Pakistan Army. “Today, Pakistan exists because of the army,” the prime minister said. “Will these people fix the army?” he questioned.
The premier held the opposition leaders responsible for the Pakistani passport losing respect in the world. “They have been ruling this country for the past 30 to 35 years. They took loans and indebted this country, and they bowed before the world’s big powers,” he said, adding that neither Zardari nor PML-N supremo had condemned drone strikes carried out by the US in Pakistan during their tenures as the president and prime minister, respectively.
On the other hand, he continued, his government’s vision was to transform Pakistan into a welfare state, along the lines of the state of Madinah.
“Look at my manifesto, in which I outlined three goals. Firstly, I said that we would make Pakistan a self-respecting nation, make it stand on its feet,” he said. “Secondly, that we would make our country a welfare state similar to the state of Madinah and thirdly, we would install a system of justice. We would bring the powerful under law.”
Reiterating that he intended to make Pakistan a welfare state similar to the state of Madinah, he outlined various measures, including the issuance of health cards and the recent reduction in petrol prices by Rs10, taken by his government in this regard.
“We are now on the path to becoming a state like Madinah,” he said. “Pakistan will become an example for the world,” he added.
As he again turned his gun on opposition leaders, the premier referred to an incident of an Indian “high-speed flying object” falling in Khanewal’s Main Channu on Wednesday.
“An Indian missile entered Pakistan yesterday,” he said. “But when Nawaz Sharif was in power, he never spoke against Indian Prime Minister who was calling the Pakistan Army terrorists at the time.”
Instead, he continued, Nawaz directed the Foreign Office not to issue statements against India. The premier attributed these actions to leaders having outside the country.
“And leader whose assets are abroad will never devise an independent foreign policy that focuses on protecting the nation and its rights,” he said. “But neither have I ever bowed before anyone nor will I ever let you bow before you anyone,” he assured.
Speaking about the no-trust motion filed against him, he said he had been praying that the opposition took the step. “This has given me a chance to take three wickets in one ball,” he said, three wickets being a reference to Zardari, Shehbaz and Fazl. “I am competing against these three dacoits and … I will take all three wickets with one inswing yorker.” He alleged that the opposition had been demanding an NRO from him.
“They tell me that they will topple my government if I don’t close corruption cases against them. But I tell them that I will not close the cases even if I have to give my life for it. I am not doing politics against you but fighting a jihad.”
The prime minister further accused the opposition of trying to buy the votes of lawmakers from the PTI and its allied parties to make the no-confidence motion a success.
He continued that he had called on people to gather at Islamabad’s D-Chowk a day before the session for voting on the no-confidence motion, which is yet to be scheduled.
On that day, the premier said, there would be a sea of people at D-Chowk.
He concluded his speech terming voting on the no-confidence motion “a match in parliament” and said, “You will see what I do with them after winning this match.”
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi in his address said India has once again violated international norms yesterday by firing a supersonic missile in Mian Channu. He said Pakistan wants peace in the region but we would never compromise on our sovereignty and territorial integrity. Shah Mehmood Qureshi asked the international community to take notice of gross Indian human rights violations in India Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan also addressed the gathering. Meanwhile Defense Minister Parvez Khan Khattak and Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and other PTI leaders also present on the occasion.