ISLAMABAD, Minister of Interior Rana Sanaullah Khan on Wednesday said the Parliament has the responsibility to guide the nation in various affairs and it would have to play a role now to check the attempts of creating an administrative crisis in the country.
Speaking here in the National Assembly on a motion related to various national issues including law and order, the minister said that one person (Imran Khan) is trying to create a law and order situation along with his group.
He said that attempts are being made to create political and administrative crises and parliament should guide to check them and also give directions to overcome the economic crisis.
He said that Parliament is the supreme institution and other institutions have their own domains, responsibilities and authorities as per the constitution framed by Parliament.
He said that this institution (Parliament) can amend the Constitution and increase or decrease the authority of other institutions.
The Minister for Interior said that Parliament should discuss the overall situation and provide directions to all institutions on their basic roles.
Though there is no political or administrative crisis right now attempts are being made for it which should be curbed, he maintained.
The minister said that Imran Khan has been involved in creating chaos and unrest in the country for the last ten years. “Sit-in for 126 days, foul language in the speeches and disrespect for the parliament, long marches and protests from 2013-18 were aimed at creating anarchy in the country,” he added.
The minister alleged that elections were rigged and managed to bring Imran Khan into power in 2018.
He said that Imran Khan tried to sideline the opposition and rejected the offers of Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for cooperation to steer the country out of challenges.
The minister said that Imran Khan used abusive language against the opposition leaders during his term as Prime Minister and victimized them.
He said that the political leadership of PML-N and PPPP including Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Saad Rafique, Shahid Khan Abbassi, Asif Ali Zardari and his sister were targeted and detained in jail.
He said that Shehzad Akbar was launched to target the opposition leaders and cases were filed against them. He said the incumbent government accepted the critical conditions of the IMF as the government was asked to fulfill the conditions first to proceed ahead.
Rana Sanaullah recalled the tenure of the PML-N government (2013-18) when the country was on the way to progress, terrorism came to an end and the GDP growth remained around 6.2. After that, he said a propagandist was brought into power with a thin majority who was later ousted in a constitutional manner.
He said that Imran Khan made propaganda about the American cipher and tried to destabilize the constitutional government through protest calls on May 25 and November 26 when an important appointment was about to be announced.
He said that the Wazirabad incident was also exploited and allegations were leveled against political opponents. A matter of fact was that the assailant was motivated and PML-N leadership including Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal also faced such a mindset.
Rana Sanaullah Khan said that people rejected the politics of Imran Khan which revealed itself in his long march which culminated at Rawalpindi. After this defeat on the political front, he said that `frustrated Imran Khan’ announced to dissolve assemblies in two provinces.
The minister said that the Constitution binds to holding elections in 90 days but it also asked for free and fair elections. He said that elections have been announced in Punjab on April 30 but this date is not as per the constitutional deadline of 90 days.
The minister also questioned the transparency in elections if held in phases. He said that allegations would be leveled if the elections of national assemblies were held in two provinces in the presence of elected governments.
Rana Sanaullah said that PTI has set up its camps in Zaman Park where persons from terrorist organizations and armed persons are present.
He said that Islamabad police were also targeted on March 18 during the appearance of Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case.
A total of 68 policemen were injured and police vehicles, bikes, and public properties were set on fire.
He said that 316 protesters have been arrested and would face trial in an anti-terrorism court. The maximum restraint was shown by law enforcers as we did not want human loss, he added.
The minister said that Imran Khan had no answer in cases against him including Toshakahana, foreign funding and Tyrian White cases.
About remarks of the Chief Justice of Pakistan about elections, the minister said that his directions are already being followed and PML-N preparations are underway to participate in provincial elections.
The minister also demanded to fix the reference against a sitting judge of the apex court for hearing in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) as a reference has been filed against him by Pakistan Bar Council.
The minister also condemned the remarks of former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar against a female political leader in a leaked audio.
He said that charges of embezzlement against the judges should be investigated as the two sons of a judge remained involved in managing cases.