Imran Khan said the “imported government” was doing nothing as the market waited for action.


Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday slammed the mighty military for allowing the opposition’s crucial no-confidence motion tabled against him to become a success, saying he had warned ‘neutrals’ that if the ‘conspiracy “succeeded, the country’s fragile economic recovery would crumble.

Khan took to social media after the Pakistani rupee continued to depreciate and hit 193 rupees against the US dollar, the lowest in the country’s history.

He said the “imported government” was doing nothing as the market waited for action.

“The market expects policy and action, which the imported government has not delivered. Shaukat Tareen and I warned the “Neutrals” that if the conspiracy succeeded, our fragile economic recovery would crumble. This is what happened now,” he said in a tweet.

Interestingly, Khan was unable to do much as prime minister to improve the economy and failed to control inflation, but he is now using the sluggish economic conditions to target his opponents.

“Rupee at low Rs193/$ (from Rs178/March 8); Interest rate at 15% at its highest since 1998; Stock market down 3,000 points or 6.4%; the stock market lost 604 billion rupees in capitalization; Inflation is highest at 13.4% since Jan 2020. Reflects lowest confidence ever in imported government,” he said in another tweet.

Khan used the word “neutral” to target the Pakistani military after his military spokesman announced in March at a press conference that the armed forces would remain neutral in the political struggle between Pakistan’s Tehreek-e- Khan’s Insaf and the Common Opposition.

Hours after Khan’s tweets critical of the military, his former human rights minister claimed on Friday that the mighty military was not “neutral” in overthrowing the government.

At a press conference in Islamabad, Shireen Mazari, a former professor and known anti-American, spoke bluntly about the alleged “American conspiracy” and “those who supported it” to overthrow the Khan government.

“Now everyone knows that neutrals weren’t really neutrals,” she said, wondering if they (neutrals) were “part of the plot to derail Pakistan on the economic and democratic fronts. “.

“The group of thieves and the minister of crime who are now in power aimed to cancel all charges against them. But what were the neutrals thinking when they allowed such a conspiracy to succeed?” she asked.

She claimed that the whole country was aware of the existence of the “conspiracy for regime change” and said the nation stood behind Khan.

Mazari also questioned whether “neutrals” wanted Pakistan to recognize Israel and criticized the Supreme Court and Election Commission of Pakistan.

She claimed Khan had refused to give military bases to the United States saying “absolutely not” and that his visit to Russia had been the tipping point, leading to a plot by opposition leaders to depose him.

Criticism is mounting of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s coalition government, which has so far done nothing to address key economic issues.

He is currently in London with a key party leader to consult his brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the daunting political and economic issues.

Khan is having a field day as he addresses rallies to pressure the government to call a snap election, and criticizes the government for doing nothing on the economic front.

Sharif accused his predecessor Khan of planning to start a civil war in the country and warned against legal action for concocting a narrative against the country’s national institutions.

His remarks came on Monday on the heels of Pakistan’s mighty military warning critics to avoid smearing the premier institution as it has ‘strongly opposed’ ‘intensified and deliberate attempts’ to drag it into politics after the dismissal of the Khan-led. government last month.

The 69-year-old cricketer-turned-politician was ousted from power last month in a no-confidence motion, which he says was orchestrated by the United States with the help of local actors for his pursuit of a independent foreign policy. His supporters used social media to target the military for doing nothing to save his government.

State institutions like the judiciary and the military have come under heavy criticism since the Imran Khan-led government was ousted in a no-confidence vote.

Since then, Khan has held several public rallies in different cities, calling the new government “traitors and corrupt leaders” allegedly imposed at the behest of the United States.

Since his ouster, he has accused the United States of conspiring against his government – a position the incumbent government has refuted.