PM’s silence over Capt Safdar episode provokes Opposition’s ire

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(L-R): PML-N’s Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, PPP’s Raja Pervez Ashraf, JUI-F’s Akram Khan Durrani, addressing a press convention in Islamabad, on October 21, 2020. — Geo NewsPrime Minister Imran Khan’s silence over the controversial arrest of PML-N chief retired Capt Safdar from a lodge in Karachi earlier this week has provoked the ire of Opposition leaders with former prime ministers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Raja Pervez Ashraf, in addition to former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Akram Khan Durrani on Wednesday questioning why the premier has not but addressed the matter.The PML-N chief had been taken into custody by police within the early hours of Monday after a case was registered in opposition to him for allegedly violating the sanctity of the Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum by elevating political slogans.Following the arrest, PML-N representatives had claimed that the police had been put underneath strain to select Capt Safdar up, with Bilawal in a press convention alleging that Sindh Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar’s workplace had been surrounded at 2am the evening of the arrest and that he was taken away at four within the morning.Addressing a press convention in Islamabad right this moment alongside Ashraf and Durrani, Abbasi mentioned that he expresses solidarity with the Sindh authorities and likewise prolonged his assist to Sindh Police for taking a “principled stance” on the matter.Several senior Sindh Police officers, together with IG Sindh Mushtaq Mahar, had a day earlier determined to go on depart citing demoralisation of the police pressure. He later introduced he’s deferring his depart and requested fellow law enforcement officials to put aside their purposes for 10 days.“Every citizen in Sindh is feeling insecure,” mentioned Abbasi.He mentioned that had the Constitution reigned supreme, the prime minister would have made a telephone name to Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah after such occasions transpired.“But did the prime minister deliver a speech? Did he issue a statement?” requested the PML-N stalwart.Addressing PM Imran Khan instantly, he continued to ask: “Do you not care about the federation? Are you worried at all about the provinces?”Abbasi then went on to say that the prime minister as a substitute is anxious about “what food should be given to Shahbaz Sharif in jail”.“He is completely unaware of the pain and misery of the common man,” Abbasi mentioned of the prime minister.The PML-N chief accused the prime minister of “resorting to any means possible to torture his political opponents”.“We condemn all of this,” he declared.’Govt seeks to unfold chaos’Ashraf, addressing the media, seconded Abbasi in questioning why there had been no assertion from any authorities consultant — ministers or the prime minister himself.“The federal government, under a planned conspiracy, seeks to spread chaos in the country,” he alleged, including that by “systematic planning” it needs to “destabilise the country”.Ashraf praised the style through which PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Sindh authorities had dealt with issues a day prior.He mentioned that the prime minister had grow to be irked after witnessing the size of the gathering on the Pakistan Democratic Movement rally held in Karachi on Sunday.Referring to the varied statements by federal ministers in criticism of the rally, Ashraf mentioned that the spokespersons are “dragging national institutions into politics”.“The prime minister should have come forward and laid down the facts before the nation. He should have spoken to Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah,” the PPP chief mentioned.He mentioned the prime minister as a substitute “has gone into hiding and adopted an indifferent stance”.Ashraf mentioned that the Opposition doesn’t goal to sow seeds of discord and as a substitute needs to advertise unity to strengthen the nation.“The prime minister must think carefully before saying anything. I, too, have served as prime minister,” he mentioned.Referring to the protest in entrance of Parliament House by numerous sections of society, foremost Lady Health Workers, protesting rising inflation and low salaries, he requested: “Why are our mothers and sisters sitting in front of the parliament?”“The people of Pakistan are fed up and have come out,” he mentioned, answering his personal query, including: “And you are not perturbed in the least.”Referring to what the Opposition has termed as the federal government’s ways to forestall it from holding mass contact campaigns, and with the arrest of Capt Safdar as the newest instance, he mentioned that circumstances are registered merely for holding rallies.“The writing’s on the wall. The people have rejected your government.”’Grave disaster’Meanwhile, Durrani mentioned that the nation goes by a “grave crisis”. “Such incidents have never before occurred in the country’s history.”“The opposition had said on the first day that this is a fake government, they do not accept it,” he mentioned.The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief mentioned that there was an opinion that the oath shouldn’t be taken however then the oath was taken anyway. He mentioned “we also gave time to the government [to reconsider]”.“Name one mega project that has been started [by the PTI government] in the entire country,” Durrani mentioned.