Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken Prime Minister Imran Khan again, claiming the cricketer-turned-politician is referred to as a ‘puppet’ leader in India because he was installed by the mighty army in 2018.
“In India Imran Khan is called a ‘puppet’ and in the United States he (Imran) is said to have even less powers than a mayor. This is because the world knows how he has came to power. Imran did not come to power by popular vote but with the help of (the) military establishment, “said the three-time former prime minister.
Mr Sharif, 71, convicted of two corruption cases in Pakistan, has been living in London since November 2019 after the High Court in Lahore granted him leave to travel abroad for four weeks for medical treatment.
Earlier in the party meeting, Mr. Sharif attacked the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the former ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, for “imposing a puppet government of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf “during rigged general elections in 2018.
“This man (Imran Khan) used to say that he would rather kill himself than go to the IMF (International Monetary Fund). Now we are waiting when he kills himself,” said international institutions.
The PTI government, in its first three years in power since 2018, has already incurred debts with foreign governments and institutions for more than $ 34 billion. Sharif said, “In the name of the new Pakistan (naya Pakistan), inept and incompetent people like Imran Khan have been imposed on the nation which has ruined the country’s economy. and oaths are never honored.
“Even the opinions of the people are held hostage. If Pakistan is to progress towards prosperity, then we must learn from the past. If we are to bring back the glory days of the country, we must give people the franchise right, ” he said.
Former foreign minister and close associate of Sharif, Khawaja Asif said: “I know how brave Imran Khan is. We know on whose support (the military establishment) he looks good and challenges his political opponents. When Imran had been in prison (under General Pervez Musharraf) for four to five days, he was crying behind bars. Seeing this, the government of the day released him. Former National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said Sharif may be considering returning to Pakistan “very soon”.