ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Tuesday said it appears that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government wishes to make Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan a leader.
Criticising the government’s handling of the PTI’s call for a lockdown in Faisalabad, which led to the death of a PTI activist in violent clashes on Monday, Shah said such tactics were turning Imran into a hero in the eyes of the public.
“When workers of parties clash it creates a civil war-like situation which is very dangerous.”
“Just as PML-N had shut offices in Gujranwala, they should have done the same in Faisalabad to avoid conflict,” he added.
“The government makes mistakes themselves and then blames the establishment for creating problems,” Shah claimed, urging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to “open his eyes.”
“Nawaz Sharif’s own team has created problems for him,” the Pakistan Peoples Party stalwart alleged, while speaking to media representatives in his chamber.
Further, Shah said the government and Imran should realise that if the situation worsens they along with the state will suffer.
Shah reiterated that dialogue between the government and the protesting PTI was the only way to end the current political impasse.
“[Finance Minister] Ishaq Dar called me and informed me about the government’s willingness to negotiate,” he said.
Further, regarding the PTI’s call for a shutdown in Karachi on December 12, Shah said, “They can protest peacefully but we will not allow anyone to create chaos and violence.”