Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday he should not show resistance to the army because it had never put pressure on him.
“I will show resistance to the army if the army puts pressure on me,” PM Khan said in an interview with Express News. “The army has never done anything like that which I would show resistance.”
The prime minister said that the government’s foreign policy was made by PTI.
“We are acting on our manifesto,” said PM Khan. “For example, I once said that the solution to the Afghanistan problem is not war but negotiation.”
Jahangir Tareen does not hold any party positions
Jahangir Khan Tareen is under investigation and he did not hold any posts at the party, the prime minister said.
Jahangir Tareen, once a close friend of Imran Khan, was recently embroiled in a sugar price hike when it was revealed in an official report that his JDW Mills benefited greatly from sugar subsidies. Its factory made Rs200 billion in three years.
“Action is being taken,” said PM Khan Express News. “Jahangir was very close to me… he said he was innocent and the charges against him were wrong.”
He added that his former close assistant was “going through hard times”.
Appointment of a lawyer as chairman of the PTV
Naeem Bukhari, PM Khan’s lawyer in the Panama Leaks case, was appointed chairman of the PTV board of directors a few days ago. The prime minister said, however, that his appointment was made on merit and that it had nothing to do with Bukhari’s relationship with him.
“Naeem Bukhari has been associated with PTV since the 1970s,” said PM Khan, adding that Bukhar had done several TV programs for state-owned TV channels in the last 50 years.
“Naeem Bukhari is not an executive but the chairman of the board,” he said explaining that the council, which had not yet been formed, would make policies for the state-owned television channel.
In a recent interaction with journalists, Bukhari had said that the PTV would not broadcast an opposition stance because that was a government channel.
However, PM Khan said he did not agree with him because he thought the credibility of the PTV would decline if it became a mouthpiece for the government.
“Opposition must be given time to PTV,” he added.