Published on May 31, 2022 4:39 p.m.
Cabinet appoints commission over statements by Imran Khan and KP CM
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Following former Prime Minister and President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan’s confession that participants of the long march were carrying arms and the Chief Minister’s statement of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the federal cabinet formed a committee.
The federal cabinet meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The meeting discussed the May 25 PTI Long March in detail and appreciated the masses for rejecting the Long March.
The five-member committee, including Rana Sanaullah and Advisor for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs Qamar Zaman Kaira, will develop a future plan of action to deal with such anti-state activities.
Prime Minister Sharif mentioned that he had ordered the Interior Ministry and law enforcement agencies not to carry any weapons at the location of the long march.
The cabinet commended the nation for rejecting Imran Khan’s May 25 long march and commended the law enforcement agencies for performing their duties effectively.
The meeting took due note of Imran Khan’s call for a bloody march on May 25 with those bearing arms.
It was pointed out that the PTI used the resources of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government by gathering armed groups in the KP’s house a day before the long march. Furthermore, the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan attacked the police personnel.
The cabinet expressed its deep concern over the statement by Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan who announced that he was attacking the state and the federal capital with full force.
On Monday, in his interview with a private television channel, the former prime minister admitted that the participants of the long march carried weapons with them.
He said the people on the long march were ready and they were carrying guns.
“There was already hatred among the people due to the raids carried out by the Punjab police on the houses of the PTI legislators a day before the march,” Khan said, adding that “he was 100% sure that the situation would lead to chaos”.
“The decision to continue the march would have led to hatred against the police and the army and would have created new divisions in the country.”
The PTI President said, “We want to file a petition stating whether peaceful protest is their right or not. It will be the test of the Supreme Court whether or not the Supreme Court lifts the reservations.
He said the PTI would form two different strategies for the Long March after the SC decision. “We had started receiving the videos and the situation at Dr Chowk was not normal. Fearing a bloodbath, I decided not to go ahead. However, we will come with full preparation this time” , he argued.
Imran Khan said Chinese investors are not treated properly when visiting Pakistan while Chinese have several other countries to make their investment.