Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned, on Wednesday, the bloody protests of supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan after his arrest in a corruption case, and warned against dealing with the demonstrators with an iron fist.
The Prime Minister delivered a brief address to the nation after the country was rocked by bloody violence over the past two days and witnessed attacks on military installations and state property.
“Attacking public property is an act of terror and enmity to the country,” the prime minister said, adding that those who take the law into their own hands will be dealt with with an iron fist.
“They will be punished perfectly,” he said.
The prime minister said that “protecting the Pakistani state and ideology is more precious to us than our lives and we will not allow anyone to conspire against it” and vowed to defeat the “nefarious plans” of enemies.
He accused Khan and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf of causing severe damage to sensitive facilities in the country.
“Such a scene has never been seen in 75 years. Many lives were endangered. Even ambulances were set on fire. Swat highway was set on fire. Armed forces facilities like the enemy were attacked.”
The prime minister claimed that the families and relatives of political opponents were not spared when Khan was ruling the country, adding that the cricketer-turned-politician Khan’s ministers used to publish details of cases against political opponents and the former prime minister was predicting arrests.
“Not only political opponents were amnestied, but also relatives and relatives were not forgiven,” the prime minister said, adding that the country’s political history was very bitter.
Shahbaz also said that reprisals in politics have not produced good results in history.
He said that under the old Accountability Law, anyone could be held for 90 days and obtaining bail is “impossible” but his government amended this law and reduced the period of pre-trial detention from 90 days to 15 days.
Speaking about Khan’s arrest, Shahbaz said that “all the evidence” in the Al-Qadir Trust case against the PTI chairman was available and the cabinet was kept in the dark.
“How can the Cabinet decide when it is about 60 billion rupees from the national treasury?” Asked.
Violent clashes between Imran Khan’s supporters and security forces left at least seven dead and nearly 300 injured across Pakistan as the army was deployed in the country’s capital Islamabad, as well as in the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan on Wednesday to uphold the law. to request.
Khan was taken into custody by the paramilitary Rangers on Tuesday on orders from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from the Islamabad High Court premises where he appeared for a hearing in a corruption case.


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