Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday hit back at former prime minister Imran Khan for making “naked threats against the country” during an interview on a private TV channel last night.
While I am in Turkey inking agreements, Imran Niazi is making naked threats against the country. If at all any proof was needed that Niazi is unfit for public office, his latest interview suffices. Do your politics but don’t dare to cross limits & talk about division of Pakistan.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) June 2, 2022
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman had warned that if the establishment did not take the right decision then Pakistan would split into three and quoted that as his reason for “putting pressure” on the powers that be.
In a reference to the interview, the premier, who is on a three-day visit to Turkey, told Imran to rein his threats in and called him “unfit” to hold any public office. “Do your politics but don’t dare to cross limits and talk about division of Pakistan,” Shehbaz warned.
‘Establishment needs to do the right thing’
In an interview with Bol TV, Imran said, “If the establishment doesn’t make the right decisions then I can assure in writing that they and the army will be destroyed because what will become of the country if it goes bankrupt.”
“Pakistan is going towards a default. If that happens then which institution will be [worst] hit? The army. After it is hit, what concession will be taken from us? Denuclearisation.”
“If the right decisions aren’t made at this time then the country is going towards suicide,” he warned.
“Indian think tanks abroad are mulling to separate Balochistan, they have plans, this is why I am putting pressure,” the ousted premier said, without mentioning who he is pressuring.
‘Country going towards suicide’
Speaking about the eventful night of April 9 when a no-confidence vote muscled him out of power, he said, “History never forgives anyone”.
“Things come out. If you ask me, I won’t go into details, but when history will be written then it’ll be counted as such a night in which Pakistan and its institutions were damaged a lot.
“Those same institutions weakened Pakistan which give it its foundation and strengthened it.”
He said he had clearly told the “neutrals” — a thinly-veiled reference to the establishment — that PTI’s economic progress in spite of challenges posed by the pandemic was nothing short of a miracle.
“I told them if you do this and if this conspiracy [to remove my government] is successful then our economy will go down,” he said.
He further said that the current “defining moment” was “trial for the establishment”.
“Everyone knows they’re the powerbrokers, so they’re on trial. This is a trial of the judiciary and the Supreme Court [as well].”