Islamabad: Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has expressed shock at the revelations and accusations made by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza who is a close confidant of President Asif Zardari.
According to the press statement issued on Sunday, the most serious allegations are those made against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain which, if correct, amount to treason against the state of Pakistan, Khan said. Mirza has accused the MQM Chief of allying his party with the US in the latter’s alleged agenda of breaking up Pakistan.
He also accused the MQM Chief of lobbying with the UK leadership to finish off the ISI again a treasonable act if proven to be correct.
In view of these very serious allegations, Khan has demanded: One, an immediate inquiry should be set up to ascertain their veracity through a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Two, the government must respond to each and every accusation. Three, a thorough investigation has to be made into the allegations regarding the alleged plan by the US to break up Pakistan.
Here is an ally for whom Pakistan has sacrificed 35,000 lives, destroyed its economy and seen its social fabric rent by extremism and militancy. And now is the ally planning to break up Pakistan? And fourth, Rehman Malik should resign and his membership of the Senate be suspended till he is cleared of the charges leveled against him, he said.
Khan also demanded that the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari clear his position in terms of his relationship with Mirza and the degree to which he is complicit in this latest action of Mirza’s. He also expressed the fear that this latest salvo fired by Mirza will add fuel to the already highly combustible situation in Karachi.
The PTI felt saddened to see the degeneration of politics being reduced to name calling, accusations and allegations with no holds barred especially on the part of those close to the highest office of the state.