March 16 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, has offered this Thursday to talk with the former head of the Pakistani Government Imran Jan, for whom an arrest warrant is pending, after clashes have arisen between his followers and the country’s security forces .
Sharif has stressed that “all political forces will have to sit together to move the country forward”, freeing the population from political and economic crises, as reported by the newspaper ‘Dawn’.
In this sense, he explained that Pakistan faces serious political and economic challenges, despite the fact that the Government has contributed “positively” to improving the situation.
Thus, he has referred to the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party, of which Imran Jan is the leader, to criticize that despite the fact that its members ask for “dialogue” their representatives do not attend government meetings.
“Although politicians always resort to dialogue, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf has a history of not responding positively in this regard,” he said.
In addition, Shehbaz has criticized Jan for his “blatant defiance” of court orders: “For the first time in Pakistan, a so-called political person considers himself above the law. Failure to appear in court amounts to rape of law”, has sentenced.
“PAKISTAN IS IN A PERFECT STORM”
For his part, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has declared that the country is facing a “perfect storm” due to partisanship and political polarization, “to the point that political parties are not even in a position to sit on a room and discuss problems among themselves.
“It’s not that I want to arrest Mr. Jan. I would never want any politician in the country or any other country to go to jail for political reasons. In Jan’s case, he is under threat of arrest because of his ego.” has commented in an interview collected by GEO TV.
Bhutto Zardari has argued that the former prime minister’s decisions “are a complete mockery of Pakistan’s judicial system, the rule of law and the Constitution” of the country.
“We are trapped in a situation where there is political chaos in the streets that distracts us from the real problems that affect Pakistanis every day,” the Foreign Minister said.
A Pakistani court on Wednesday postponed the police operation to arrest Imran Khan amid clashes between his supporters and the country’s security forces, which have lasted for more than 24 hours.
Khan is being protected by hundreds of supporters and members of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party despite an arrest warrant issued by the authorities for more than 80 charges, and more than a hundred police officers have been injured during the clashes with protesters around his home, surrounded by security forces and supported by the Punjab Rangers paramilitary unit until they withdrew.
The whole country is immersed in intense protests to avoid the arrest of the former prime minister, who is accused of concealing details in his declarations of assets about some of the gifts he received during his time as prime minister between 2018 and 2022, when he was dismissed at through a motion of no confidence in Parliament. The legislation allows government officials to keep the gifts as long as they pay the state a fraction of their value, previously appraised.
The motion of no confidence against Jan was approved after the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the then Prime Minister to dissolve Parliament and announce early elections after the refusal of the Presidency of the legislative body to hold the vote in the first instance. In November, the former prime minister was shot after being shot during a protest against the new government.