Lashing out at PTI Chief Imran Khan, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif has dubbed him "a national criminal" accusing him of launching "attacks" on national security.

Addressing a presser in Islamabad on Saturday, the defence minister took a swipe at former prime minster Imran saying that he had tried to block the release of IMF tranche. He claimed that the PTI chief was saying that Pakistan should not be helped out. 

“Imran is launching attacks on our national security. He is a national criminal,” Asif said adding that the PTI chief could harm the national interests. 

“This man hungry for power can harm Pakistan,” he remarked.

He said Imran could not be seen anywhere during the recent floods. He said that the PTI chief always took U-Turn on things. 

On Punjab politics, the defence minister said that Imran would say something but Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi said another thing.

He, however, said that the Shehbaz Sharif-led government was ready to sign an Economic Charter with every party. “The political ego cannot come in the way of serving Pakistan and its people,” he asserted. 

The defence minister said that the world was willing to help us out. He said government was trying to create an atmosphere of political stability in Pakistan. 

He held that the CPEC project would be put on track and hoped that its speed would be accelerated. He said that during Prime Minister Shehbaz’s meeting with Chinese President yesterday at Samarkand on the sidelines of SCO summit, different projects launched under the CPEC were discussed. 

The minister revealed that the prime minister would visit China in the first week of November. “At this crucial time, we need the help of our neighbor countries and comity of nations,” he added.

He said that the prime minister would leave for England on a two-day visit later today. 

The defence minister who was also part of the Pakistan delegation which went to attend the SCO summit, informed that talks were held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the import of oil, gas and wheat from his country.