ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Pakistani Army was not pressuring him, lashing out at Opposition parties in his latest interview.
“The army hasn’t [directed] I did one thing I didn’t want to do, “he said.” I will fight the soldiers if they pressure me. All foreign policy [being implemented today] Mine, you can check with the PTI manifesto, ”he added.
The prime minister was interviewed by a private news channel where he spoke on various issues and also aimed at the leadership of the Opposition.
The prime minister said Pakistan’s foreign policy today centered around the PTI manifesto, adding that the world praised Pakistan for advocating a non-military solution to the conflict.
“There is pressure on us to take sides in conflicts of any Muslim country, we said we will remain neutral and play our part in uniting Muslim countries,” he said.
Responding to questions, he said former PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen was going through “difficult times” but said he would not interfere in the sugar probe probe.
“Jahangir Tareen is very close to us [in the past], we have worked closely together in the past, “he said.” Tareen says he is innocent. The investigation is ongoing, I will not interfere in institutional matters, ”added the prime minister.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that under his rule, an investigation into a sugar cartel was launched for the first time in Pakistan’s history. He said that the FIR had also been registered against Tareen.
‘We need Fayyaz Chohan and Firdous Ashiq Awan’
The prime minister was asked about the former spokesman for the Punjab government, Fayyaz Chohan who was shown the door a few weeks ago and Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan was appointed as special assistant to the chief minister of Punjab.
“We need Fayyaz Chohan and Firdous Ashiq Awan,” he said. “To win games you sometimes need to change teams,” added PM Imran Khan.
The Prime Minister said that Chohan wanted the “strong” service that was being served him now.
Speaking further about the Punjab government, PM Imran Khan said that PTI has brought in people based on merit. “The same arrangement applies in Punjab for the last 30 years,” he said. “We bring in people based on merit.”
He said that the new Punjab IG was doing a wonderful job, adding that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was doing a commendable job as far as development projects were concerned.
“You will see that after five years, Usman Buzdar will become the number one prime minister in this country,” he said.
PM lashed out at Opposition leaders, calling them ‘elected’
Asked to respond to accusations of being the “elected” prime minister, PM Imran Khan said he could not understand their criticism of him.
He said PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was the leader of his party because “she had shown him a piece of paper” (referring to Benazir Bhutto’s will) and Maryam Nawaz led PML-N because she was Nawaz Sharif’s daughter.
“And they are making these accusations against a man who has been fighting in politics for the last 22 years,” said the prime minister, referring to himself.
He said that the PML-N and PPP leaders had opened corruption cases against themselves. “Nawaz Sharif put Asif Zardari in prison,” he said. “Our government is only making a case against Shahbaz Sharif.”
Referring to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s medical condition, the prime minister said that when he read the PML-N chief medical report, he couldn’t help but wonder if someone could suffer from so many diseases.
“Nobody pressured me to send Nawaz Sharif abroad,” he said. “Nobody put pressure on me and nobody could do it,” added Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The prime minister said that whatever he does, ISI and IB know about it.