Prime Minister Imran Khan says his ousted predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, has met with anti-Pakistan elements in London. Khan made these remarks during an interview with Nadeem Malik.
PM Khan said Nawaz was playing a dangerous game by accusing the army of political influence and said he was 100 percent sure that India was supporting him.
Khan said civil-military relationships during his tenure are best in history because the institutions are working in their spheres.
Khan noted that Nawaz was maligning Pakistan Army on India’s agenda, something previously done by Altaf Hussain.
“He (Nawaz) is becoming the next Altaf Hussain. He is a coward; I am sure he has support [from India],” he said.
“Whose interest is it that our army weakens? Our enemies,” he said, adding that some foolish liberals have joined Nawaz’s narrative for their own good.
“Look at Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen; the entire Muslim world is ablaze [so] why are we safe? If it weren’t for our army, our country would’ve been in three pieces. India’s think-tanks say that they want to break Pakistan.”
Khan admitted he was angry that Nawaz went abroad by shamelessly lying, and maintained that the permission was granted on purely humanitarian grounds.
“I am so angry that he went abroad by lying shamelessly. All kinds of lies were told that he is about to die, [his] platelets are low, etc.”
To a question regarding the alleged rigging in general elections 2018, the premier said he was the “first person in the country’s history who won five constituencies. He said he came into power with people’s votes and was “not grown in any military nursery like Nawaz or Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.”
He quoted former Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who during the Panama Papers case, said that all institutions in Pakistan have rotten and paralyzed except the army.
“Only one institution is intact, which the army is, and we take their assistance to fight Covid, locusts, etc. If I hadn’t sent the NDMA to clean nullahs [in Karachi], more water would have entered [buildings].”
Prime Minister Imran noted that the entire institutions should not be cursed for the mistakes of some dictators.
“If a dictator made mistakes, will we always call the army bad? If Justice Munir made a wrong decision, will we call the judiciary bad? If politicians looted wealth and stashed it abroad, are all politicians bad?”
Commenting on NS’s claim that former ISI chief had demanded his resignation during the 2014 dharna, Khan said: “You were the prime minister, [how] does he have the courage to say that to you?
“If someone tells that to me, I will demand his resignation. I am the democratically elected prime minister; who can dare to tell me to step down?”
Watch the complete interview here: