PM delivered victory speech on my advice: Rasheed


ISLAMABAD: Answering all four questions posed by Imran Khan a day earlier, Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Saturday said that he advised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to deliver a televised victory speech in the wake of May 11 polls. Speaking at a press conference, he said that he was the one who advised the PML-N chief to speak to the party workers on the night of the 2013 General Elections.

“I am ready to face any punishment including the capital punishment from Imran Khan if he considers this as a crime,” he added.

Answering other questions, Rasheed said that Returning Officers for the elections were appointed on the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief’s demand to the election commission while Najam Sethi’s name for the caretaker chief minister Punjab was given by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

The PML-N minister produced a copy of Imran Khan’s old statements during the press conference saying taking ‘U-turns’ was Khan’s old habit.

Threatening the PML-N government of a ‘tsunami march’ to Islamabad on August 14 during his party’s rally in Bahawalpur yesterday, Imran Khan had made four demands to Nawaz Sharif’s government which he said he wanted to be addressed within one month.

He said that one million people will be gathered in the federal capital if his demands were not addressed.

Ahsan Iqbal assails Imran for spreading chaos

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal alleged that PTI chairman Khan was creating unrest in the country instead of practicing positive politics.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was creating hurdles in the development process launched by the PML-N government, he said while speaking to a private TV channel.

Ahsan Iqbal said Imran Khan should rather focus to improve performance of his party’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Replying to a question, he said the cricketer-turned-politician and his party’s government had totally failed in KP. Now the PTI leadership was trying to derail the democratic system, but they would not succeed in achieving their objectives, he added.