Two senior cabinet members on Thursday lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for practicing what they termed the “politics of hatred and incitement”.
Addressing a pre-budget seminar organised by the Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen), Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said PTI chief Imran Khan’s hatred for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had deepened so much that he had started to abuse the state.
“He [Imran] cannot accept defeat in the elections. Let me tell you, he will lose the 2019 elections as well and blame his loss on rigging,” Rashid said, adding that his prediction was based on PTI’s performance in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
The minister also criticised Imran’s stance on the war on terror. “This is Pakistan’s war. How can you [Imran] say they are fighting America’s war?” he asked. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, meanwhile, urged the PTI chief to leave “politics of hatred and incitement”. He accused Imran Khan of instigating youths into travelling without tickets to participate in PTI’s protest, ‘something which is tantamount to breaking the law’.
‘Resolving all issues’
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Thursday said the government is committed to resolving all the problems being faced by the people, including the power crisis.
He said, “The government has given approval for the biggest development project in the history of the country, worth Rs131 billion, in the annual budget of 2014-15 fiscal year.”