CHAIRMAN Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, who looked visibly perturbed during his address to party workers and supporters on Wednesday, claimed that the ruling coalition was hatching a conspiracy to create a wedge between his party and Pakistan Army.
He said this is being done under a plan and they want to give an impression that the PTI was anti-army.
He also, once again, targeted his political opponents branding them as ‘Mir Sadiqs and Mir Jaffers’ and spoke about the street power of his party to bring the entire country to a standstill, if he so wanted.
There is no denying the fact that the party received undiluted patronage and support of the Establishment during its entire rule and it might be the desire of his political rivals to see him estranged with its erstwhile benefactors.
However, it would be a far-fetched idea to put blame on the coalition government for the spoiled state of relationship as the party committed mistake after mistake ever since the differences over some postings and transfers in the institution.
As for the prevailing state of affairs, the coalition parties might be exploiting the situation to its favour but, unfortunately, grounds were provided no other than the PTI itself because of the anti-Army statements emanating from the party leadership and intensified propaganda on social media.
PTI maintains that the social media campaign was spearheaded through fake accounts to malign the party but what about those traced so far whose linkages are clearly established with the party.
Leave everything apart, who prompted Chief of Staff to the party Chairman to churn out a highly controversial statement during a live television programme that became a basis for his arrest on charges of sedition.
Did he make the statement under the influence of the coalition government? Why do some central leaders of the party still believe that Shahbaz Gill didn’t commit a blunder?
If the statement of Gill was not alarming, then why Punjab Chief Minister Ch.Pervez Elahi is counseling PTI to distance itself from his (Gill’s) stance?
Diversionary tactics would not help anymore and, therefore, a revision of the policy of attacking national institutions is the only answer to some of the woes of the PTI.