ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday held ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan accountable for breaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal, calling his faulty decisions ‘suicide bombings’ on the country.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who also is a former Pakistan Prime Minister, criticized the leadership by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, saying his authority and decisions threaten national security.
“PTI carried out suicide bombings throughout the country. The decisions they made in the last month, as well as the manner in which they breached the IMF deal and the savagery with which they did so, were acts of suicide attacks against the country,” PML-N tweeted, citing Abbasi.
Blaming the PTI Chief for the financial mess, Abbassi said he has broken promises towards the nation as he has put the country in the doldrums due to his corrupt practices, urging the Pakistani community to solve the crisis without fearing anyone.
Previously, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader accused the former PTI government of destroying the energy sector of the country while he blamed Khan’s government for its incompetence and neglect in the energy sector, according to The Economic Times.
Despite several attempts to block the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly, Imran Khan became the first Prime Minister to lose a no-trust vote in Pakistan’s history, serving from August 2018 until April 2022.
The voting took place after midnight in which as many as 174 members voted in favor of the motion in the 342-member House while members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were absent.
This came after the country’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of opposition parties for bad governance and economic mismanagement, saying Khan had acted unconstitutionally.
Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif – who now is the Prime Minister – said Pakistan and its parliament were “finally freed from a serious crisis”, adding in a tweet: “Congratulations to the Pakistani nation on a new dawn.”
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Last month, Former Prime Minister Imran Khan once again pointed finger at the United States for his downfall, according to sources, reclaiming that Washington had orchestrated his ouster.
Khan’s remark came in an exclusive interview with CNN, which was his first with an international news organization since his defeat in a vote of no-confidence last month.
“Whenever the next elections take place, not only will we run, but I can predict that this will be the biggest party in Pakistan’s history, because people are so incensed and feel insulted that these criminals have been foisted upon us,” Khan told CNN, referring to Pakistan’s new government.
Khan has repeatedly claimed that Donald Lu, the Assistant Secretary for the US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, had met with Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington in March and told him that Khan should be dismissed from power in the confidence vote, as CNN wrote.
However, the US government has repeatedly denied involvement in Khan’s ouster, saying the allegations are not true.
“There is no truth to these allegations,” a US State Department spokesperson told CNN, having previously and repeatedly denied involvement in Khan’s ouster.
Earlier this week, Khan admitted he did not enjoy absolute power and his hands were tied as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, indicating the actual centers of power in the country lay elsewhere and “everyone knows where that is”.