Imran attacking country’s economy, institutions of defence: Asif

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Predicts PTI will be divided into different fragments

Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif has regretted that PTI Chairman Imran Khan has been attacking the country’s economy and institutions of defence over the last four monthsAddressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday, he said the country’s armed forces have rendered innumerable sacrifices in the war on terrorism and at present they are engaged in the relief and rescue efforts in the flood ravaged areas.

He, however, lamented that the PTI Chairman has made the matter of top appointments in the military a topic of his politics. Condemning former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s ‘controversial’ remarks about Pakistan Army during a speech at the party’s public gathering in Faisalabad on Sunday, senior PML-N leader and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday warned him of prolonged legal battles in future.

He stated that the government planned to do something different to Imran. “Imran will not meet the fate that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had met,” he said, adding, “Legal experts will decide the kind of action needed to be taken against him.” Asif predicted that not one, PTI will be divided into different fragments.

The minister said that Pakistan’s defence and economy had always been on India’s hit list. “And ever since Imran is out of the corridors of power, he has attacked both these sectors,” he alleged. He told PTI chairman that it was not army’s job to provide security to politicians. “Nobody should talk like this,” he stressed. But Imran, he went on to add, himself had been stressing all along that the establishment should not be ‘neutral’.

The minister also claimed that it was none other but Imran who wanted the army to defend his corruption. “The fact is that the army is not ready to defend people’s corruption,” he added.

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