Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Friday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s failed long march had become a “work from home” adventure.
Addressing a press conference, here, she said “Imran Khan is in grief as his failed long march had been changed into work from home”.
“Our watches show us the time, Imran Khan’s watch has shown him his reality (‘ auqat’), she said while taking a jibe at the PTI chief.
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She lamented that Imran Khan allegedly sold the watch “having image of the Holy Kaaba” for a few “pennies”.
She said that today’s address of Imran Khan convinced them (the government) that he (Imran Khan) had not been hit by the bullet but was hit by grief and sorrow due to failed long march, she alleged.
She, however, clarified that revealing the facts regarding Imran Khan did not mean she was mocking the PTI chairman as he was bedridden due to injury.
The minister said that she was responding to a healthy man who was in the habit of speaking lies, leveling allegations and slandering his opponents including Maryam Nawaz.
“Mr. Imran Khan! People are not foolish and unwise to believe your lies and false allegations,” she said.
The minister said that the people of the country had understood the real meaning and moto behind the “Haqaqi Azadi March” as they could not be befooled anymore.
“When the no-confidence motion came against Imran Khan, he (Imran) said that there was a US conspiracy that wanted to impose an imported government,” she added.
She said that Imran Khan was a “hypocritical person” who always took U-turns and changed his stance frequently as he (Imran) believed that the people of the country were “fools” who would believe in his propaganda of lies.
“Today question mark is not on Imran Khan but the biggest question mark (credibility) was on those who believed in the leadership of Imran Khan,” she maintained.
Marriyum said that first time in the history of Pakistan, the motion of no confidence was tabled through the constitutional method in which the allies of Imran Khan voted against him.
She said, after realising that the no-confidence motion would be successful, Imran Khan in the closed door meeting had offered to the Chief of Army Staff extension for an indefinite period.
She said that in public Imran Khan made sarcastic statements like Mir Jafar, Mir Sadiq and called neutrals as “animals”.
She recalled that when the no-confidence motion was moved by the opposition, it was accepted by the then speaker and allowed discussion before voting on it.
“When Imran Khan was convinced that the no-confidence movement would be successful, he adopted the narrative of an external conspiracy,” she added.
The minister also played video clips of Imran Khan during a press conference in which Imran Khan purportedly took various stances after the no-confidence motion tabled in the National Assembly.
She said that Imran Khan misguided the public by “telling lies and frequently cheating people”.
She recalled that when the no-confidence motion began to succeed, Imran started “threatening to shut down the entire country”.
She said that Imran Khan had forced the then National Assembly speaker and deputy speaker “for the violation of the Constitution” and during the meeting with his party members, he asked them to keep “playing with cipher”.
She said that Imran Khan then illegally dissolved the National Assembly to save his government but the Supreme Court of Pakistan reversed Imran’s “unlawful and unconstitutional action”.
The minister said that during the last six months “Imran Khan has pursued a malicious campaign against state institutions”.
She alleged that Imran Khan had badly damaged the foreign policy of the country during his tenure.
The minister said that the man who said “absolutely not” was now “apologizing” to the US by saying “it is over and behind me”.
“Imran Khan, it was not over and it was not behind us, it was in front of us and you will have to answer,” she added.
The minister said, “Imran Khan talks about creating Madinah state in front of the people, by giving “Islamic touch”, but unfortunately behind the doors he set a shop to sell Toshakhana gifts”.
She reminded that Imran Khan’s claim of filing cases in courts had not been fulfilled even after the passage of thirty-eight hours today.
She quipped Imran’s legal consultation had not been completed to file a case in the court in the wake of Toshakahana scandal.
She demanded Imran Khan to provide receipts instead of spending so much money on lawyers’ fees.
Marriyum said that Imran Khan stole the wristwatch from Toshakhana allegedly without depositing money and Toshakhana gifts to Umar Farooq.
Marriyum alleged Farah Gogi, Shahzad Akbar, the handlers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan sold the wristwatch gifted by Saudi prince sans declaring in his tax returns.
The cash amount after selling the watch was brought through a chartered plane, she further alleged.
“Imran has bragged that he would file defamation suits (against a private media group, anchorperson and Umar Farooq) in United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom (UK) but his claim is yet to materialize.”