On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, issued a statement condemning the current violence and riots that have been caused in the country as a direct result of the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on allegations of corruption. In his first speech since the upheaval, Sharif recognised the turbulent character of Pakistan’s political past and said that “vengeful acts in politics never rendered good results for the nation.” This was Sharif’s first public statement since the riots.
Sharif blamed Khan for the recent turmoil that has been taking place throughout the country and brought up the alleged corrupt practises that Khan engaged in when he was serving as Prime Minister. Sharif said that under Khan’s leadership, federal ministers often discussed the facts of cases against political opponents. In some of these instances, Sharif added, the authorities did not spare the political opponents’ family members. “Not only political opponents but family and relatives were not forgiven too,” PM Shehbaz said.
In addition to this, he referred to the destruction of public property as an “act of terrorism” and “enmity” against the nation.
Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.