If PTI challenges the appointment of the interim chief minister of Punjab, a minister promises that the government will defend the case in court.
In case the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenges Mohsin Naqvi’s appointment as Punjab’s interim chief minister in court, the government will contest it, according to defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday.
When appearing at a conference in Islamabad, the minister claimed that the appointment could not be contested because the proper procedure had been followed and all requirements had been completed, from the opposition leader to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
“In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the issue of the caretaker chief executive’s selection was settled by consensus (KP). Unfortunately, it was not the case in Punjab “explained he.
Asif also complimented the temporary CM on taking up his new duties and wished Punjab will hold free and fair elections under his direction.
He also praised the ECP’s legal ruling and noted that the entire procedure was carried out “in accordance with the constitution.” He stated that one of the PTI nominees was an active government employee and the other was a dual citizen as justification for rejecting them.
“These nominees did not pass the PTI’s screening well. They therefore had to endure shame in this situation “Added he.
He added that the government’s nominations included one former civil servant and one media figure “PTI also provided the name of another honourable bureaucrat who accepted the responsibility after offering his own apology. The PTI’s protest of Naqvi’s appointment is thus a false outcry.”
He said Naqvi’s name was brought up in a discussion about the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea bargain, but the truth was that he had borrowed money from the defendants in the Haris Steel Mill Case in the NAB, clearing up the accusations of a plea bargain against the Punjab interim CM.
“Throughout the investigation, Naqvi gave a letter and a check, returning the loan to the accused. While one letter could not be viewed as a plea bargain, some news publications incorrectly presented it as such. Additionally, if he committed any crimes, we won’t stand up for him “Added he.
Asif criticised the former chief minister of Punjab and said: “The majority of criticism came from PTI and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. At this age, Elahi has disobeyed every member of his family, including his eldest brother Chaudhry Shujaat. May God grant him a long life.”
Commenting on the situation in the National Assembly, he claimed that the PTI submitted resignations after abusing the parliament and using derogatory language, which was well known to everyone.
“Imran Khan insulted the NA with derogatory language, and now they all want to stand on the same platform. They [PTI] have indiscriminately criticized the ECP and are now demanding justice from them “he declared.
The minister claimed that although the PTI leaders and MNAs should have led the opposition earlier and avoided conflict with the parliament, they were now demanding the revocation of their resignations.
He said, “The PTI should cease thinking that the institutions like courts, the ECP, and parliament will be held accountable for their bad judgements.
Imran Khan was “gradually heading towards a complete political collapse as all his decisions were proven erroneous and miscalculated,” the man continued.
He said that Khan was a failed political project and that he intended to resurrect himself. “I think he’s slowly losing support in the political world.”
According to him, after becoming an MNA, Khan always announced his resignation. “He initially presented his resignation on November 1st, 2007, after which he boycotted. Afterwards in 2013 and 2014, he submitted his resignation and later withdrew it. More recently, in 2022, he submitted his resignation once more and is now seeking that it be withdrawn “.
“Imran Khan is losing his head and turning into an obsessed person due to his actions, politics, and tendency to reverse political decisions. Such claims and choices can never be made by somebody with a sound mind. His staff and MNAs are bearing the cost of it “And Asif.
He pointed out that his MNAs were still receiving all benefits and were still residing in the parliament lodges a year after their resignations. This indicates that the conclusion was neither a final judgement or a consensual decision within the party.
He asserted that this matter will be resolved if general elections were held in accordance with the constitution, and that this would serve to further demonstrate how well-liked and respected Imran Khan is in the nation.
“When Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary took over as chief justice of Pakistan, Khan used to laud him. He also lauded the late justice (ret.) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim, the former head of the ECP, for being a fine person before making derogatory statements about him. They frequently praised the former COAS, Gen. (ret.) Bajwa, and now the nation may see their words as well. The nation and Gen (retd) Bajwa are both listening to what the PTI leadership has already said.”
In addition, he remarked, “He has a hunger for wealth and power and I don’t want to say more.” He claimed Khan was unfaithful to everyone, including his instructors, this nation, this soil, and his companions.