ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday criticised the Intelligence Bureau’s chief for meeting former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London, demanding the resignation of the institution’s in-charge.
The PTI chairman leveled serious allegations against the IB chief Aftab Sultan in a series of tweets, seeking the explanation for Aftab Sultan’s visit at “taxpayer expense”.
“IB head must resign immediately. What was he doing visiting a disqualified PM in London over 4 days at taxpayer expense?,” he said.
Taking an exception to the IB’s alleged role in politics, the PTI chief accused the civilian intelligence service of abetting Nawaz Sharif “by creating grounds for blackmailing his MNAs into falling in line.”
“This is how state institutions are destroyed by a mafia breaking all laws and democratic norms,” he said in a tweet. Imran Khan said: “The official protocol given to a disgraced, disqualified PM, also accused of tax evasion, forgery, money laundering etc, is shameful.
“ It sends wrong message to society: that the powerful can break laws with impunity. Clearly this is mafia rule not democracy” he said in another tweet.
Imran Khan in an interview said the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has no future in the country’s politics. He also vowed he would not pardon any corrupt figures if the public voted him to power in the 2018 elections.
Criticising the United States’ new strategy for Afghanistan, the PTI chief said that the US should negotiate with the Taliban instead of aiming to destroy it.
“More fighting and bloodshed is not the answer,” he said.
Rejecting US President Donald Trump’s allegation that Pakistan offers ‘safe haven’ to extremists, he said his country is being subjected to attacks launched by the Taliban from Afghan soil.
Imran dismissed the “do more” demands by the US, saying that Pakistan has done enough and it was time for other players involved to do more.
He also condemned US drone strikes in Pakistan, saying they were “actually flaming anti-American feelings in Pakistan.”
The PTI chief also slammed India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the strained relations between Pakistan and India, saying Modi had not “risen above his communal thinking.”