Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday said the people wanted freedom from PTI Chairman Imran Khan, a “Foreign Funded Fitna” (FFF) as he was conspiring to weaken the state institutions.
The “Foreign Funded Fitna and his gang have become a threat to the national security,” she posted on her Twitter handle in response to a tweet of PTI leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain.
She said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which in its four-year rule had made the lives of common men miserable, was thrown out of the parliament by a popular referendum of 176 members of the National Assembly.
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The coalition government was enjoying the support of the majority of the nation, she added.
Marriyum said Imran Khan could appoint the army chief only by removing the incumbent government in a constitutional way, but he did not have the required numbers for the purpose.
Nawaz Sharif was constitutionally empowered to appoint the army chiefs, while “liar and thief” Imran Khan, who had received foreign funding and traded off the national interests against diamonds and lands, was not entitled to the same, she added.
Marriyum alleged that Imran Khan launched a malicious campaign against the state institutions to achieve his ulterior motives and even did not spare the martyrs of the Pakistan Army who lost their lives while assisting the people in the flood-hit areas.
He just wanted to make the army chief’s appointment controversial and for that reason, he gave mutiny calls in the rank and file of the Pakistan Army, she claimed.
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She said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif enjoyed the majority in the National Assembly having the support of its 176 parliamentarians and he would appoint the new army chief in accordance with the law and Constitution.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), she said, had lost two more seats in the National Assembly after the by-election. Technically, the PTI incurred the loss of eight seats as the resignation of Imran Khan (from NA) had not yet been accepted.