Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he will not tolerate the installation of a “foreign government” in Pakistan and that he will turn to the public for support if such a thing happens.
“We are not a nation that can be used like tissue papers,” the premier said during a live address to the nation on Friday, maintaining that Pakistan does not want unilateral relations with any country.
Reiterating his stance on the no-confidence motion, he said that he will never accept an “imported government” and will look up to the public for their decision.
He said: “They [the opposition] want to get rid of the corruption cases registered against them.”
The premier questioned that if they are so confident, why are they afraid of elections?
PM Imran urged the nation to come out of their homes on Sunday after Isha prayers for a peaceful protest.
“All the people should come out of their houses to protest against the ‘foreign-funded drama’, and I will be there with you as I will never accept this foreign conspiracy against Pakistan,” he added.
The PM said that while he respected the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the restoration of the National Assembly, but he is saddened by the verdict.
Recalling the time when he was arrested, the premier said that he strongly believes that the judiciary is the guardian of justice in the country.
The premier said that while he respected the country’s judiciary, he complained that the Supreme Court should have at least initiated the probe on the “foreign conspiracy” matter.
“I respect the Supreme Court and the judiciary, but the apex court should have looked at the threat letter before issuing the verdict,” he said.
PM Imran complained that the apex court did not take the matter of the “threat letter” as seriously as it should have been taken.
The premier said that the decision on Article 63 (A), regarding horse-trading, also added to his disappointment.
“The youth of Pakistan is our future and if they see leaders selling their conscience, what precedent are we setting for them?” he asked, adding that even MNAs who came on reserved seats have become ‘sell outs’.
He said that nations must stand against wrong, otherwise, nobody can protect them if they don’t raise their voices against the corruption and other evils prevalent in the country.
Speaking about the “threat letter”, the premier explained what a cipher is — a coded message sent by embassies to their country — and said that this message cannot be shared with the media and public because if these codes are unveiled, all secret information of Pakistan will be unveiled.
He said that during the meeting between the Pakistani ambassador and the US official, the latter complained that “I [Imran Khan] should not have visited [Russia].”
PM Imran maintained that even before the no-confidence motion was filed against him, the US official had warned the Pakistani ambassador that if Imran Khan managed to save himself from the motion, Pakistan will have to face “severe consequences.”
The premier mentioned that the US official knew beforehand that a no-confidence motion was to be submitted against him, adding that they also knew who would come to power if the opposition managed to oust him.
Criticising the US official for his arrogance, he said that the official told the ambassador that if Imran Khan is ousted, Pakistan will be spared no matter who takes the charge.
PM Imran levelled allegations against PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and said the had apparently prepared his sherwani for the oath-taking ceremony — as a result of being involved in this “foreign conspiracy.”
“It is so shameful for the 220 million people of Pakistan that a foreign official is ordering the sitting prime minister through a third person, warning of severe consequences and alluring them of forgiveness if I [Imran Khan] leave the office,” he said.
He said that when details related to the letter were revealed, it was disclosed that US diplomats were meeting the MNAs.
“Two of my own ministers informed me that the US officials knew about the no-confidence motion against me months before it was submitted,” he said, adding that it gradually occurred to him that this was all “pre-planned and scripted.”
Taking a jibe at Shehbaz’s statement regarding “beggars are not choosers”, he said: “It is important for the nation to decide now that do we want to live as an independent state or do we want to accept slavery.”
“If the West knows anybody in the country, that’s me,” he said, elaborating on the reasons why the US is against him.
“When they saw my profile, they realised that I was the one who raised his voice against the drone attacks and the Iraq War,” the premier said, adding that he was the only one who constantly raised his voice against the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
“All this drama is being staged to remove one person [Imran Khan] because the West has realised that they cannot control my actions and I will not become its slave,” he maintained.
Comparing himself with the bigwigs of the opposition, PM Imran said that unlike him, these people [PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari] are ready to sacrifice anything in order to save their money.
“That is why they want to come back to power.”
The premier went on to say that the nation needs to make a decision right now about what it wants, he said while highlighting practices followed in India. He mentioned that India got its independence from Britain at the same time as Pakistan but still, none of the superpowers has the audacity to speak against it.
“I am not against any country; however, my focus is on the interest of my people. I will first see the betterment of my people and will then look at ties with other countries,” he said.
“When you take money from someone, they do not respect you,” he asserted, adding that the Opposition leaders are dragging the PTI into a “war for dollars.”