‘Despotic’ Imran wants CEC to act like ex-NAB chairman Javed Iqbal: Marriyum

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LAHORE: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb Tuesday said Imran Khan wanted Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikander Sultan Raja to act like that of former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal in the wake of pending decision in his party’s foreign funding case. Addressing a news conference, she said Imran Khan had laundered billions of dollars by receiving foreign funding in bank accounts of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) office-bearers, which had caused a huge loss to the national exchequer. “Imran Khan tried to reach out the incumbent CEC through back door channels as he wanted him to play a role like that of the ex-NAB chairman, but Sikandar Sultan Raja will not become another Javed Iqbal at any cost,” she maintained. The minister said Tayyaba Gul was held hostage at the Prime Minister’s House to blackmail the former NAB chairman for victimizing the political opponents by filing false cases. The former Federal Investigation Agency director general was also pressurized to register cases against the then opposition leaders. Imran Khan, she said, was attacking the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as it had reserved the decision in the PTI’s foreign funding case, which it could announce any time. She claimed that the PTI chief had a mindset of despotic German dictator Hitler. It was beyond understanding that he (Imran Khan) had launched a scathing attack against the same CEC, who was appointed by him. “He (Imran) will take no time to attack the Supreme Court, if it gives a decision against him,” she said. The minister said Imran Khan’s demand for the incumbent CEC’s resignation manifested that he would want the head of any institution to quit whichever gave a decision against him. She said Imran Khan also attacked every media outlet which had exposed his real face. His autocratic government had gagged the media, made the current affair programmes of different media channels go off air and imposed restrictions over the print media, she alleged. He also used to close down the parliament, if questions were raised over his government’s policies, the minister added. Marriyum alleged that Imran Khan also victimized the political opponents by misusing the power and even abducted the ECP staff on realizing that his party’s candidate was going to lose in the Daska by-election. She said Imran Khan started targeting the state institutions after his ouster from the Prime Minister’s Office. The institutions should take legal action against Imran Khan who could up the ante if not stopped. She asked Imran Khan as to why the decision in the PTI’s foreign funding case had been delayed for some eight years There had been no change in the State Bank of Pakistan’s record regarding his party’s foreign funding. “Imran thinks that he is above the law and Constitution,” she said, recalling the transgression of the Constitution by him while he was being ousted from power. He, even, attacked the apex court when action was taken against him for violating the Constitution, she added. The minister said in the Punjab by-polls, the PTI lost five out of the total 20 seats which were won by its candidates in the 2018 general election. The sole objective of Imran Khan was to destabilize the state institutions, and create anarchy and civil war in the country. He  attacked the state institutions in his every speech, she added. “Imran Khan has said in the past that he will set the ECP on fire if his party could not win all the 20 seats in the Punjab by-polls,” she recalled. As regards the so-called foreign conspiracy, Marriyum asked Imran Khan as to why he did not inform the public same day about the matter (when he came to know about the cypher), set up an inquiry commission and dissolved the assemblies while being into the power. She said Imran Khan while in power had rendered the people jobless, and ruined the national economy, along with national and foreign policies. He was thrown out of the Prime Minister’s Office by the people for weakening the national institutions, she added. The minister said Imran Khan was perturbed by the efficiency of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who had saved the country from default. “Economic stability is not possible without political stability and Imran Khan is deliberately following a strategy which hampers the political stability in the country. “The general election will be held whenever the government wants,” she said, adding Imran Khan had a chance to announce the fresh election when he was in power, but he, rather, preferred to beg support of different quarters. The coalition government would take every possible to serve and facilitate the citizens, she added.

 

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