Opposition criticized during APC’s attempt to appease Indian lobby: PM Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan says that all the institutions in the country are operating within their constitutional limits. Photo: file

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday reacted to the opposition’s criticism during a multi-party conference, alleging that the criticism leveled at state institutions was an attempt to “please the Indian lobby”.

In a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on Monday, attended by party representatives and spokespersons, PM Imran guided attendees to the government’s policy in response to criticism by opposition leaders at the All Parties Conference (APC).

“No one is bothered by the decision of the APC. The nation is aware of faces [that were] Sitting in the APC and his personal goals, ”sources quoted PM Imran as saying. Sources said the government’s ministers and PTI members were asked to react “with reason and logic” to criticize the opposition.

PM Imran was quoted as saying that “in democracy, all institutions work under the government” and the opposition’s criticism was “fruitless and an attempt to divert attention from their corruption”.

The government decided to speak on the APC’s demands during the meeting and tasked federal ministers Shibli Faraz, Asad Omar and Fawad Chowdhury to counter the opposition’s narrative presented at the conference.

Opposition declares Pakistan democratic movement to oust ‘anti-people’ government

On Sunday, opposition parties announced that a new coalition called the Pakistan Democratic Movement had been formed, under which the parties would unite to oust the government and meet the 26-point demands.

After a multi-party-conference in Islamabad – billed by the opposition as the “All Parties Conference” – the opposition shared the government’s action plan designed to “rid the country”.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman while addressing a media briefing said that the opposition demands “the immediate resignation of selected Prime Minister Imran Ahmed Niazi”.

He said that failure to do so would result in the declaration of nationwide protests, involving the participation of lawyers, businessmen, laborers, farmers, civil society and ordinary people.

“In the first phase, from October, rallies will be held in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

“In the second phase, from December, the huge demonstration will be nationwide. In the third phase, a long march will begin towards Islamabad, to begin in January next year,” Fazal had said.

“To exclude the selected government, the united opposition will use all faith, including a vote of no-confidence and resignation from parliament.”

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