CHAKWAL/ISLAMABAD    -   PTI Chief and ex-pre­mier Imran Khan on Monday said that the “gang of thieves” rul­ing Pakistan would not be accepted by any cost and the nation should be ready for his call to oust the “plunderers”.

He said that the whole country is go­ing through a trauma due to the devastating floods while Prime Min­ister Shehbaz Sharif is enjoying foreign tours.

“Shehbaz Sharif made fun of the coun­try abroad. Enough is enough. The farce should be ended. I am urging the nation to smash the idol of fear as we will get real free­dom. The nation should be ready for my call,” said Imran Khan while addressing a mam­moth public gatFrom page 1

in Chakwal. He claimed that the incum­bent government has pushed the coun­try to a verge of destruction due to their erroneous policies. “Shehbaz Sharif and company have destroyed the country economically,” Imran Khan asserted.

He said that an ‘imported government’ was made in the country by some traitors and the nation would never forget these traitors. “A gang of robbers has been im­posed on the Pakistani nation and I will never accept this gang, rather will fight against them till my last breath,” he said. The former premier remarked that the floods have devastated the country while PM Shehbaz Sharif is enjoying foreign trips. “I am wondering what kind of im­possible mission he (Shehbaz) will ac­complish during his visit to USA,” he said.

Coming hard on Foreign Minister Bi­lawal Bhutto Zardari, Imran Khan said that he also followed in the footsteps of Shehbaz Sharif and flew abroad.

He said that the the PM should bring back the looted money from abroad in­stead of begging from foreigners. “There will be no need to beg from foreign countries if Zardari and Nawaz bring back the money to the country they had plundered in the last 30 years,” said the PTI chief. Imran Khan claimed that all sectors of the economy were flourishing during his tenure but the “conspirators’ ousted him through a well though con­spiracy. He said that his government left the current account deficit of 16 billion dollars but also increased the country’s income to 63 billion dollars.

He said that PML-N has no future as 60 percent of his leaders are on bail from the courts for their alleged involvement in different crimes. While repeating his con­troversial remarks, Imran Khan said that the Chief of Army Staff should be appoint­ed on merit. He said that he collected bil­lions of rupees through Telethon for flood victims. “The overseas Pakistanis do trust in me and that’s why they donated mon­ey generously,” he said. “The PDM gov­ernment is involved in filing bogus cases against me and my chief of staff and other close aides,” he lamented.

Earlier, the PTI came down hard on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, what it said, for consulting Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif pertaining to the appointment of next Army Chief.

The opposition party also said that this is not only a violation of the Official Se­crets Act but also a breach of the oath of premier. PM Shehbaz, the other day, met with his elder brother and three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London.

Some media reports suggest that PM Shehbaz discussed with him the issue of appointment of next chief of army staff (COAS), which is due in the last week of November. Last week, a key federal min­ister of the PML-N leader had also said that PM Shehbaz would make the ap­pointment of next COAS after consulta­tions with party leader Nawaz, who is living in self-exile in the UK.

PTI senior vice presidents Fawad Chaudhry and Dr. Shireen Mazari in their separate statements said that the PML-N ministers have admitted that PM Sheh­baz and ex-premier Nawaz held a meet­ing in connection with the appointment of the new COAS. Former information minister Chaudhry underlined that PM Shehbaz was violating his oath by con­sulting a “convict” for such an important appointment— a reference to Nawaz.

The PML-N ministers kept on saying that PM Shehbaz and Nawaz met in Lon­don in connection with the appointment of the new Army Chief and Nawaz Shar­if would decide the new COAS, he said.

Criticizing the premier, Chaudhry stat­ed that such decision-making would be a sheer violation of the Official Secrets Act and a breach of the oath of office of prime minister. He said that the people of Paki­stan hold the Pakistan Army close to their hearts and the decision of a “convicted person to choose its head is against the dignity and respect of the army and PTI strongly protests against this grave legal violation.” Talking about the registration of a case against federal minister Javed Latif and Information Minister Marriyum Auragnzeb in Punjab for allegedly creating hatred against Chairman PTI Imran Khan, Fawad called upon the provincial govern­ment of Punjab that all accused should be arrested and this should not be just anoth­er routine first information report (FIR).hering