ISLAMABAD: The PML-N on Thursday slam­med PTI founder Imran Khan for equating the country’s situation with the 1971 East Pakistan crisis.

The PML-N’s Parliamen­tary Leader in Senate, Senator Irfan Siddiqui, while talking to reporters said that portrayal of the country’s current situation by the jai­led former prime minister as akin to the 1971 East Pa­­kistan crisis was deplorable.

Mr Siddiqui expressed concern over the ‘controversial’ message posted from Mr Khan’s verified official X account, which he said, gave a misleading impression that Pakistan was heading towards another fall of Dhaka-like situation.

“Such claims are alarming, unacceptable and depl­orable,” the PML-N senator said. He said that Mr Khan’s post was not merely a tweet, but a “meticulou­sly scrip­t­­ed short film with a clear anti-army agenda”.

He said Mr Khan’s tweet echoed a “hostile mentality” against military personnel.

The PML-N leader said that Mr Khan’s rhetoric might be setting a stage for another May 9 like incident.

“Those who are making hollow and empty arguments to justify the pictorial tweet must tell the people how they will cover the press talk of PTI Secretary General Omar Ayub… who just after meeting Imran Khan in jail, reiterated the same thoughts as conveyed in Mr Khan’s contentious tweet,” Mr Siddiqui said.

He said the PTI founder’s likening himself to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was highly condemnable.

Published in Dawn, May 31st, 2024

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