Pakistan’s Opposition Wants Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Resignation

Madhyabindu Online

Pakistan’s main opposition party has demanded resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan for allegedly defaming the country and its political parties only to hide his own corruption at a time when foreign dignitaries were in the capital to attend a high-profile international summit.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Khan-led government had already completed more than three years of its term, but it seemed that he had been suffering from “Sharif family phobia” as he kept on mentioning their names all the time, instead of highlighting his own achievements, Dawn newspaper reported on Monday.

She was referring to the prime minister’s interview to Al Jazeera on Friday in which he had once again hit out at his political rivals from the powerful Bhutto and Sharif families, blaming them for promoting corruption and destroying the country.

Khan, heading the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, slammed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of slain leader Benazir Bhutto, saying these were not parties but dynasties “responsible for corruption and the current problems faced by the country”.

He had stated that fighting with the two family-led political parties including the PML-N and PPP was like fighting a mafia and alleged that both the parties used state resources as well as the media against him.

Former prime minister Sharif, currently in London for medical treatment, is facing corruption charges in Pakistan. Former Pakistan president, Asif Ali Zardari, also husband of late prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is also facing a slew of corruption charges.

Marriyum questioned the timing of, what she called, the political interview and alleged that it was an attempt to sabotage and damage the country’s image at a time when the foreign ministers of the Muslim countries were arriving in Pakistan for the meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Afghanistan.

She alleged that Khan had committed the same act when the Chinese president was to visit the country in 2014 during the PML-N government’s time. The visit was postponed due to law and order situation in the wake of sit-in and protests by Khan’s party workers.

She said it seemed that the prime minister did not possess the mental capacity to understand the sensitivity and importance of the OIC gathering and how he should present a positive image of the country to the leaders of the Muslim world in Pakistan.