Khawaja Asif says PPP leader will receive ‘treatment similar to Azam Swati’. PPP workers demand their expulsion, threaten to besiege the former senator’s residence
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Amid growing anger in Punjab against former senator and senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan for indulging in “Imran Khan’s political style,” Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday he would receive treatment similar to that recently received by the leader of the PTI, Azam Swati, for improperly criticizing the army chief.
“We will try to keep a balance, don’t worry,” the defense minister said at a news conference when asked if action would be taken against Ahsan for alleging that the military leadership was behind the acquittal of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son. Hamza in a money laundering case.
The PPP’s Punjab chapter had previously threatened to besiege Mr. Ahsan’s residence on Sunday (tomorrow) if he was not immediately removed from the party’s central executive committee and his membership suspended.
The party’s Lahore-based provincial executive body also adopted a resolution seeking the immediate expulsion of the “traitor” from the party and expressed anger at Ahsan’s “continued support” for PTI chairman Imran Khan’s political style while opposes the policies of the PPP.
Swati was arrested on mutiny and libel charges after blaming top military leaders for facilitating her acquittal. He was stripped naked and tortured, the head of the PTI denounced a day ago.
Earlier this week, Ahsan in a speech to the media alleged that the “establishment” helped the Sharif family clear up corruption cases against them. “Bajwa sahab has rescued them (the Sharif family) from conviction in the cases and has committed a great crime,” he commented.
Flanked by Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, State Minister for Oil Musadik Malik and Advisor to the Prime Minister Atta Tarar at the press conference, the Defense Minister, without naming the PPP leader, he said his comments stemmed from “personal frustration.”
“We were not acquitted under any agreement, but it is the result of one man’s personal frustration. The image he has made of himself in his mind is not true. For that image, the LPG quota is not taken. Personal temptation has to be controlled. I filed an LPG case in the Supreme Court and won in which the name of his wife (Mr. Ahsan) was also mentioned, Asif said.
Calling the former senator a “traitor”, Asif alleged that the lawyer had first deserted former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto after winning a “rigged” election in 1976. “He had started to betray ever since”.
Asked if Ahsan would be charged with high treason, the minister said: “A man whose political worth is not even equal to a penny […] there is no use in making it politically relevant by force.”
The purpose of the PPP leader, Asif claimed, was to attract attention. “This is his status and this is his credibility.” However, the minister added that the government will “definitely” retaliate and take action against him under the law and the constitution.
Meanwhile, a resolution adopted by the PPP executive body in Punjab, based in Lahore, recommended his immediate expulsion from the party. requires that [the central leadership] accept the notices issued by the chairmen of Zones 158 and 163 of the party to suspend Mr. Ahsan’s basic membership in view of the “conspiracies” hatched by him against the party in the past and the violation of party discipline in the Current situation.
PPP leader Rana Farooq Saeed, who had repudiated Ahsan’s recent remarks two days ago, told media in Lahore on Friday that the unanimous resolution would be sent immediately to PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari for prompt expulsion of the “traitor” from the party. .
He said that if the president and the CEC did not suspend Mr. Ahsan’s membership, the workers would besiege [a] residence of Mr. Ahsan. He did not clarify which of the former senator’s two residences in Lahore would be his target.
He said that those who were fighting for Khan while in the PPP would not be tolerated and that those who smeared the party would be brought to task.
Posted in Alba, October 15, 2022