By News Desk
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says the opposition is “blackmailing” state institutions to overthrow the democratically elected government and that “the targeting of their Army is unprecedented in resemblance to India’s propaganda machine against Pakistan”.
“I’ve never seen any opposition targeting soldiers. For the sake of the NRO alone, through tactics of extortion or pressure, ”he said when addressing the meeting after dismantling four mega development projects worth Rs15 billion in Chakwal.
While reiterating his uncompromising stance on opposition corruption cases, the Prime Minister said any concession – by any government – would be an act of “greatest” treason. “If any government gave the NRO to these thieves, it would be a betrayal greater than that committed by the enemy,” said the Prime Minister.
Khan lashed out at the opposition for blaming state organs for alleged vote rigging without even approaching the relevant forum. He also said targeting the Army Commander and Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was tantamount to speaking the language of India, which has “the most anti-India and anti-Muslim government in the subcontinent.”
According to Geo News, Khan said the fake Indian website “will also promote” PDM activities. He said “there were also many journalists promoting them and being part of the disinformation campaign”. He said Pakistan needed a strong army “like never before”, because there had never been a government in India like there is now. “Extremist, totalitarian, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan, […] and with what they did to Kashmir, it has never happened before ”.
In remarks reported by state-run Radio Pakistan, the Prime Minister said the PDM was weakening the country by targeting state institutions in their speeches. The event was attended by Punjab Minister Raja Yasir Sarfaraz, Hafiz Ammar Yasir, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Punjab Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
Earlier, the Prime Minister initiated the Rs1.45 billion project from Chakwal University, the 500-bed Rs7.7 billion district head office hospital, the Rs480 million Center of Excellence, and the Rs3.87 billion Chakwal North Bypass.
Built on 941 earthen canals in the Balkasar area, Chakwal university will have three campuses.
The hospital will cover 265 canals and a Center of Excellence will be built on 42 canals.
To be complemented by primary and secondary education, IT laboratories and sports facilities, the center will provide quality education free of charge to Chakwal children who cannot afford private school fees.
The 21.4 kilometer Northern Bypass will connect the Balkasar Interchange to Mandra-Chakwal Road to reduce traffic congestion in the city.
The cost of the 500 bed hospital and the North Bypass will be borne by the federal government while the Punjab government will fund the university and the Center of Excellence project.
The Prime Minister, who launched the plaques of the four mega projects, also planted saplings on the university grounds.