Ahsan Iqbal says PTI’s social media cell is trying to turn Pakistan into Sudan

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Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal addresses a press conference in Islamabad on April 11, 2023. — APP
Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal addresses a press conference in Islamabad on April 11, 2023. — APP
  • Iqbal objects to the general help given to Khan by the judiciary.
  • Says PTI should be ashamed of its anti-state narrative, activities.
  • Says no shots are fired in a hybrid war because there is fighting to divide institutions.

Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, on Sunday criticized Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social media team for carrying out totally baseless smear campaigns aimed at creating a Sudan-like situation in the country.

“PTI’s social media wanted to turn the country into Sudan through fabricated campaigns,” the minister said in conversation with journalists in Narowal.

Iqbal said the party should be ashamed of its “anti-state” narrative and activities.

Referring to the Al-Qadir Trust case, the minister said the money coming from Britain was transferred to the Supreme Court account to link it to Khan who received bail from the judiciary following his arrest earlier this week .

The former prime minister was granted a blanket exoneration from the Islamabad High Court, preventing authorities from arresting him at least until Monday morning (May 15).

Initially, a two-member special division bench granted two weeks’ bail to the former prime minister in the Al-Qadir Trust corruption case, and later the court barred authorities from arresting him until May 17 in any new case filed against him until May 9 – the day he was detained in the corruption case, which sparked deadly protests across the country.

The cricketer turned politician then sought temporary bail in four cases filed against him in Lahore in which the court granted him bail until May 22 in the Zille Shah murder case; then another bank also ordered authorities not to arrest the former prime minister until the morning of May 15 while hearing the bail application filed against three terrorism charges.

The PTI chairman, Iqbal alleged, had committed embezzlement of Rs60 billion which was revealed.

The minister continues that the former prime minister had claimed that the cabinet had approved the transaction in question.

“When it’s your turn to give receipts, do you cry? When it’s your turn to give receipts, burn down Jinnah House,” he said, disapproving of the PTI chief.

The minister, who is also a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) politician, added that the ousted prime minister has laid the foundations for chaos in the country. He called on PTI supporters to think carefully and share what development work the party has done so far in Pakistan.

Iqbal continued to criticize the former prime minister, complaining about the serious crisis the country is facing today. “Because of Imran Khan, the economy of the country was first destroyed.”

The PTI chief, he added, has ruined every institution.

The federal minister said: “During a hybrid war, there is no shooting and the aim is to divide institutions”.

Commenting on the dissolution of the Punjab assembly in January, Iqbal said Khan had been given permission to complete the task.

The minister asked Khan to stop running away from accountability and said, “Imran Khan, you have to answer and give receipts.”

Speaking about the Pakistan Democratic Movement protest in Islamabad against aid to Khan, Iqbal said that the 13-party government coalition will protest in front of the Supreme Court at 11 am tomorrow (Monday).

Meanwhile, despite protests against discrimination against other political groups in the country, the minister assured that the government respects Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and the Supreme Court.

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