May 14, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB Report) — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Monday presented a four-point demand regarding deposed premier Nawaz Sharif’s recent statement with respect to Pakistan’s ‘role’ in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
During a press conference, Imran demanded that Nawaz should be put on the Exit Control List (ECL) as he might try to make a deal to escape the country after giving such a controversial remark. He claimed that Nawaz violated his oath as an ex-prime minister and should be proceeded against under Article 6 (high treason) of the Constitution. “He hurt the national interests of Pakistan,” Imran said.
He further said that investigation should be carried out into Nawaz’s sons’ businesses and business interests in India.
Imran also demanded resignations of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for siding with the sacked premier. “Shahbaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should resign,” was the fourth demand Imran presented.
“Is PML-N a political party? A party is formed on an ideological basis. Parties remove leaders when they prove to be a burden for them,” Imran said, giving examples of international leaders.
The PTI chief went on to ask whether the prime minister will do anything regarding the issue. “I know you people won’t because you are not a political party but a syndicate of corruption,” he said.
Earlier in the day, not just the country’s top military and civilian leadership condemned Sharif’s remarks in the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting, calling them “completely false and misleading”, but politicians also expressed their dismay.
The ousted prime minister defended his remarks asking, “What did I say in the interview that was wrong?
He said he was ready to face a commission that can probe treason allegations against him. He demanded formation of a national commission to look into the matter.
In an exclusive interview published last Saturday in Dawn, Nawaz Sharif had said: “Militant organizations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”