KARACHI: Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastagir has said the then prime minister Imran Khan had “fascist plans” to extend his rule for 15 years by getting the entire leadership of opposition parties disqualified.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader claimed he had the information that Mr Khan had decided to get all the opposition leaders, right from PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif to Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and all others, disqualified by the end of this year. In this scenario, it was visible that the former premier with the connivance of powers that be wanted to clean sweep the entire opposition leadership, he alleged.
Lending strength to his claim, the minister recalled the former prime minister had also announced that the services of 100 judges would be hired to expedite cases against his political opponents.
Mr Dastagir expressed these views during a private TV show while responding to the question about what had prompted his party to accept the country’s rule for just one and a half years. He said: “The coalition was formed only because Mr Khan had fascist plan to attack this country.”
Today, the times are difficult, but one must also remember that when the country’s economy was being discussed, there were issues of democracy, federation and rule and all those aspects had to be considered in larger context, he said.
While posting the clip of the show on his Twitter account, PTI leader and ex-minister Ali Haider Zaidi said: “Khurram Dastagir admitted openly that the constitutionally elected government of Imran Khan was removed through a conspiracy to save the opposition from corruption cases. It is unfortunate that these thugs are now killing [destroying] the economy.”
Published in Dawn, June 19th, 2022