Irked by Imran Khan’s aggressive posture against Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan government has branded him as an enemy of the state.
By Rakesh Raman
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has given a call for protest against massive corruption in Pakistan. Scheduled for November 2 in Islamabad, the protest will target Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
While six months have elapsed since the revelation, Sharif continues to be defiant even in the face of public pressure, said Khan.
“This protest is for all of Pakistan, this protest is to show the global community that just like Iceland and the UK held their leaders accountable, the people of Pakistan too are ready for real democracy where these pseudo democrats are brought to the corridors of accountability and justice,” Imran Khan said.
Irked by Khan’s aggressive posture, Pakistan government has branded him as an enemy of the state. A senior officer in the government compared him with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying both are enemies of Pakistan.
“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attacking the Line of Control (LoC) while PTI chief Imran Khan is planning to attack Islamabad,” said Dr. Asif Kirmani, a special political affairs assistant to PM Sharif, on Friday.
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Kirmani suggested that both Modi and Imran Khan have same agenda to stop development process in the country and on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project by creating chaos and unrest.
CPEC is a series of ongoing projects that China is executing in Pakistan at a cost of USD $51 billion. These projects are supposed to upgrade Pakistani infrastructure, signifying strong economic ties between Pakistan and China.
Kirmani said – according to Associated Press of Pakistan – that in a democratic society, it was right of every one to protest but no one can be allowed to hatch conspiracy against the country on the pretext of holding protest.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani anti-terror court has directed police to arrest Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri by November 17 in connection with an attack on a Pakistani TV office in 2014.
Imran Khan said that many leaders came, promised accountability but ended up looting the country. He asked people to help him fight corruption in Pakistan. In order to carry out his campaign, Imran Khan also is inviting donations through a crowdfunding site.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and social scientist.
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