Prime Minister Imran Khan lashed out at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, saying that he was instigating his supporters to come out to the streets while the PML-N supremo himself was in London.
Saying that the PML-N was handing out money to his supporters, the prime minister said,”I want to tell their supporters to receive money from them and even eat their qeemay ke naan. But stay inside your homes [and don’t come out to protest],” he said.
He lashed out at the opposition parties for sticking together when they were called to account for their crimes. “Two years after the JIT was formed and the courts gave their verdict, he says “Mujay Kyun Nikala” (Why was I ousted?),” stated the prime minister, mocking Nawaz.
The prime minister lashed out at former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s spokesperson, Mohammad Zubair, for comparing the PML-N supremo to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini.
“I was watching TV and he was comparing Nawaz Sharif to Ayatollah Khomeini during a talkshow,” said PM Imran. “He [Zubair] was saying that Khomeini was also exiled,” added the premier.
PM Imran said that Khomeini was sent abroad on gunpoint while Nawaz faked numerous illnesses to do the same. Taunting the PML-N chief, the prime minister said that human rights minister Shireen Mazari cried when she came to know Nawaz was suffering from so many diseases.
“We were in a cabinet meeting that lasted for six hours [on the Nawaz Sharif issue], doctors were also present in it. When the doctors told us that Nawaz was suffering from so many diseases, I saw that our Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari was crying,” he joked, as the audience laughed.
“Anyone who is familiar with Shireen Mazari knows what type of diseases we were told [Nawaz was suffering from] that made her cry,” he added, as the audience laughed further.
Coming back to Zubair’s comparison of Nawaz and Khomeini, the prime minister said that the two were not similar as “the people of Iran loved Ayatollah Khomeini”.
“Ayatollah Khomeini did not have niharis brought to him on helicopters from Lahore,” he said. “He lived [on a simple diet] of yoghurt and roti,” said the premier.
Referring to the accountability process he had faced before he was the prime minister. “Despite being a cricketer, I presented the court with documents dating back to 40 years,” he said.
Continuing his criticism of the PML-N, the prime minister mocked Talal Chaudhry indirectly, saying that “a senior leader of their party went for ‘organisational restructuring’ at a lady’s house at 3:00AM and was then wondering why her brothers beat him up,” he said.
‘Will throw you in jail’
Reiterating his stance that the government will not give an NRO to the opposition, PM Imran Khan said that the country had been destroyed because retired Gen Musharraf had extended the favour to the PML-N and the PPP a decade ago.
He said that the reason Nawaz always had problems with the military leadership was because they knew about his crimes. “He wants to control the ISI because they find out about his corruption,” he said. “This is why Nawaz Sharif fights with every army chief.”
The prime minister said on the other hand that he enjoys good relations with the armed forces because the intelligence agency knows what type of a lifestyle he has.
“Their problem is not democracy, I am a democrat,” he said. “I got elected from five constituencies,” he added.