Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that people of Pakistan have rejected the politics of protest and ball tempering of Imran Khan will not be allowed in Pakistani politics.
He was talking to mediamen and a private TV channel in Islamabad today. The Chief Minister said that Imran Khan had announced in a public meeting at Lahore that he will not tell a lie in future but after that, he set historic records of telling lie. He said Imran Khan claimed that Rs.70 billion have been spent on metro bus project. Shahbaz Sharif said that if Rs. Rs.35 billion were spent instead of Rs.30 billion on this project, he is ready to resign.
The Chief Minister said that Imran Khan congratulated him on winning elections on phone but after one year, he has started raising hue and cry of so called rigging. He said that a PTI leader, Asad Umar while congratulating PML-N on winning elections at TV channels, had said that Imran Khan is a sportsman and he knows to accept his defeat. He lamented that Imran Khan neither proved to be a good politician nor a sportsman.
Shahbaz Sharif said that the doors of government are open for dialogue and he is ready to visit Imran Khan’s residence. He said the nation asks Imran Khan that on the one hand he raises slogan against corruption while on the other he wants to launch a movement with the support of those political elements who had made Punjab a den of corruption during their tenure.
The Chief Minister said that it was that era when a dacoity of Rs.70 billion was committed in Punjab Bank, loans of billions of rupees of the banks were got waived off and Transparency International declared Punjab as the corrupt province. Does Imran Khan want to bring similar corrupt government in Punjab, he questioned. Shahbaz Sharif said that the memory of the people is not short as they fully remembered that Imran Khan declared those people by mentioning their names as the biggest thieves of Pakistani politics.
Shahbaz Sharif said that as far as Tahir ul Qadri is concerned, he does not want to comment about such a person who tells lie on Holy Quran. He said that the PTI leadership wants to hide its poor performance in KPK through the politics of protests. He termed the performance of KPK government as worst in all sectors including law and order, health, education, transport and said that international institutions have also seconded. It is lamentable that Imran Khan has always remained disassociated from the problems and difficulties of people during worst flood in South Punjab, dengue virus in Punjab and sufferings of IDPs, he added.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Imran Khan instead of sharing the miseries of IDPs during his visit to Bannu, has been raising hue and cry about so called rigging before the media.