PAKISTAN: Shehbaz Sharif, the joint opposition’s candidate for the post of Prime Minister, on Sunday vowed that the new Government in Pakistan want to “move forward” and not indulge in “politics of revenge”.
Addressing the National Assembly soon after 174 lawmakers voted in favour of the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan after a day of high drama in the Lower House of Parliament, the President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said that no one would interfere in the affairs of law and justice and would run the institutions together.
“I don’t want to go back to bitterness of the past. We want to forget them and move forward. We will not take revenge or do injustice; we will not send people to jail for no reason, law and justice will take its course,” the 70-year-old former Chief Minister of Punjab Province said.
The younger brother of PML-N supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif thanked other opposition leaders, including Asif Ali Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, for their relentless struggle for upholding the rule of law and constitution which, he added, had finally yielded fruits.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan, in his first reaction since his ouster as Pakistani prime minister after losing the no-trust vote on early Sunday morning, said even though the country became an independent state in 1947, the freedom struggle has begun again against a foreign conspiracy of regime change. Khan has been alleging that a “foreign conspiracy” is responsible for toppling his Government. “Pakistan became an independent state in 1947, but the freedom struggle begins again today against a foreign conspiracy of regime change. It is always the people of the country who defend their sovereignty & democracy,” tweeted Imran Khan.
The cricketer-turned-politician became the first Premier in the country’s history to lose the trust of the Lower House of Parliament.
– THE HINDUSTAN TIMES