PM’s plausible concern


PRIME Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday stated that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was trying to “create chaos in the state institutions to escape punishment” in the cases pending against him.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s House, PM Sharif referred to the audio clips of the former premier and said these clips had revealed the “conspiracy” against the state and its institutions.

The concern of the Prime Minister over the campaign to target the state institutions is plausible as we have, time and again, repeating in these columns that attempts to drag national institutions into political controversies would undermine the overall strength of the country and the nation.

There have always been demands that institutions should remain neutral in political affairs and now that they are proving their neutrality, they are being attacked left and right for self-cantered motives.

The nation is worried over this state of affairs as it is because of vigilance and sacrifices of our armed forces and security agencies that our enemies have not, so far, succeeded in their nefarious designs against Pakistan.

In this era of media wars, we are knowingly or unknowingly advancing the cause of our enemies by making institutions controversial on different pretexts.

The campaign is all the more regrettable as it comes in the backdrop of an upsurge in the incidents of terrorism, a challenge that requires concerted and united approach by the people and the armed forces.

Similarly, we must not forget that it was because of whole-hearted cooperation of the armed forces that the country is effectively undertaking the task of relief in the flood affected regions.

Like the armed forces, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) too is the target of callous propaganda despite the fact that the ECP is discharging its responsibility in a highly professional, fair and transparent manner.


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