Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Sunday that Prime Minister Imran Khan and all others involved in the “plot” against the nation were guilty of high treason and should be tried for desecrating the Constitution. The former prime minister’s remarks came after President Arif Alvi endorsed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s advice to dissolve the National Assembly after the embattled prime minister recommended the controversial move following a ruling of distrust against him.
“Today a power-obsessed man has trampled on the Constitution,” Sharif, who is currently based in London, wrote on his official Twitter account. Sharif, who is also the supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), said that Khan and all the figures involved in the “conspiracy” against the nation are guilty of high treason and should be tried under of article 6 of the Constitution.
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The 72-year-old leader has warned that anyone involved in wrongdoing with the country and desecration of the Constitution will be taken to task, The Express Tribune newspaper reported. Sharif is in London for medical treatment on expired bail. In 2017, Sharif was removed from office by the Supreme Court following the revelations of the Panama Papers case. In 2018, the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office for life, amid a slew of corruption cases against him.
Chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, has called Imran Khan a traitor to the Constitution and democracy. Shehbaz, the younger brother of Nawaz Sharif, said Article 6 now applies to Imran Niazi and his followers for open violation of the Constitution.
Opposition leader and chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, said the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Qasim Suri, had committed an “unconstitutional act” by rejecting the motion of censure against the Prime Minister. National Assembly Deputy Speaker Suri earlier rejected the joint opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Khan, calling it “unconstitutional” under Article 5.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Khan said on Sunday that opposition parties appeared taken aback after the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly blocked their decision to overthrow his government with a vote of no confidence. I want to remind you all that I told you last night that don’t panic the opposition still wondering what happened to them, the Prime Minister remarked while addressing the leaders of his Pakistani party Tehreek-e- Insaf: here after a day of dramatic political developments.
Khan said if he had revealed his strategy to foil the opposition’s no-confidence motion last night, they wouldn’t be as shocked by his countermeasure as they seem now. Khan said assembly proceedings on the issue of no confidence motion and his party’s strength in the lower house of parliament became moot after it was established that the opposition’s decision to le overthrow was part of a foreign plot. Imran Khan survives decision to oust him as Pakistani PM; elections in 90 days.