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Nation applauds PM Khan’s strong stance against extremists

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Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the nation on Wednesday evening as the situation on the roads got worse owing to the protest and demonstrations in various cities of Pakistan after the SC’s announcement to release Asia Bibi– a Christian woman on death row, accused of Blasphemy.

In his speech, PM Khan said he was compelled to communicate to the nation as small segment used abusive language and threatened the judiciary, institutes and writ of the government. In his brief address, he made it clear that the government of Pakistan functions on the rules of Islam and verdict given by Supreme Court was no contrary either.

He appealed to the protestors not to challenge the authority of government and exploit the occasion for their political vested interests. He sternly warned the extremist elements not to clash with the state.

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“I appeal to you, don’t harm this country in order to [increase your] vote bank. If you continue doing this… let me make it clear to you… the state will fulfil its duty [and] protect people’s properties and lives. We will not allow any vandalism [or] blockage of traffic,” the premier said.

“I appeal to you… do not take the state to a point where it has no option but to take action,” he concluded. Majority of the analysists applauded the clear and bold message of PM Khan.


Michael Kugelman, a Pakistan expert at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for Scholars in Washington, praised PM Khan’s strong rebuke to hardliners and said, ”Even PM Khan’s harshest critics can’t fault him for this speech, which marks a major milestone for the country.

Citizens of Pakistan strongly supported the stance of PM Khan and were grateful to him for not hesitating to confront the bigots.

Some PML-N handles were found to be trying to support the TLP mostly due to political compulsions. Ironically, they seemed to have whitewashed the shoe attack on Nawaz Sharif as well as the gun attack on Ahsan Iqbal. Though typically all of their tweets centered around disinformation.

However, a majority still backed the PTI government and its words were well received.