December 6, 2022

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I demand of COAS & DG ISI to furnish proofs if we have committed any treason: Shehbaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that Niazi has shamelessly accused entire Opposition in NA of being traitors. I demand of Army Chief and DG ISI to furnish proofs if we have committed any treason or we have used foreign funding and support in our no-trust motion. We will not let coward Niazi get away with these charges.

This was stated by Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in a statement issued on twitter on Tuesday.

Meanwhile talking to media persons outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan prior to the hearing of the suo moto notice case pertaining to the rejection of the no-confidence motion against by the Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, Shehbaz Sharif asked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to show proof if any parliamentarian has committed treason.

“I demand COAS and DG ISI to take notice of this issue and produce evidence in the Supreme Court if we have committed treason,” Shahbaz said, adding that he has never spoken such clear words before.

The former Opposition Leader in the National Assembly also questioned that has Army Chief seen the minutes of the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting and that has he signed it?

The PML-N leader said he will also present this request in front of the Supreme Court, “we will put this demand forward through our lawyers that please review this matter and create a forum in which the matter is clarified.”

Shehbaz Sharif said that it is not that we are backing out from the early election demand, nor do we stand against free and fair polls, we wanted early and transparent elections from day one, but, that does not give the President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan the right to mess with the constitution of the country.

Responding to a question, the PML-N President said he has not yet officially received a letter from President Dr. Arif Alvi for appointment of the caretaker prime minister. He said he will hold consultations with his lawyers and other Opposition parties after receiving the letter.

Shehbaz Sharif said PTI government had promised to provide 10 million jobs and five million houses to masses. He, however, said there had been an increase in poverty and unemployment instead during its tenure.

All the lawyer community stands united on the stance that the Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) violated the constitution and for that we respect the lawyer community.

The PML-N President also said that the president of Pakistan did not use his own brain, he just signed the summary of dissolving the assembly in half an hour.

If this matter is not resolved then this country will become a banana republic where deputy speaker and a federal minister blamed us of treason, said Shehbaz Sharif.

Shehbaz Sharif has said the opposition parties had moved no-confidence motion not in personal but the public interest. Shehbaz Sharif further said that the people of Pakistan have drowned in inflation.

The PML-N leader suggested the courts that they should constitute a forum to resolve the issue as the nation was lied to in the name of national security.

He complained that when the joint Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan practising its constitutional right the former PTI-led government raised the issue of “foreign conspiracy.”

The PML-N leader maintained that Pakistan was facing economic ruin because of the incumbent government’s actions.

“This is the same Imran Niazi who refused to remove the French ambassador, citing economic ruin and claimed that the European Union would be angered by the ambassador’s removal,” he said.

According to Shehbaz, the “same Imran” had now sacrificed the interests of Pakistan for his own sake and was “ready to sacrifice everything for his own self”.