Shehbaz Sharif accuses Imran Khan for launching campaign against Pakistan army

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif accused former Prime Minister Imran Khan of engaging in a “vile, sinister, and malicious campaign” against Army Chief General Asim Munir. Sharif claimed that Khan was using proxies to target the army chief, stating that his tactics of threatening assassination attempts have been exposed.

The prime minister asserted that Khan’s desperate attempts to regain power through coercive tactics would not succeed, as the people of Pakistan and political parties stand united in support of the Army Chief and the armed forces. Sharif emphasized that any attempts to undermine the prestige, honor, and integrity of the armed forces would be thwarted.

In a separate press statement, Sharif called for legal action against those involved in such malicious campaigns, both within the country and abroad, sending a clear message that conspiracies against Pakistan and its institutions would be crushed. The statement came in response to violent protests that erupted on May 9 following Khan’s arrest.

The government subsequently launched a crackdown on PTI leaders and workers, arresting thousands of people on charges of attacking civil and military installations. Sharif affirmed that desperate elements would not be allowed to create a new crisis in the country and reiterated the nation’s support for the armed forces and its leader.

Imran Khan, who was removed from power through a no-trust vote in April last year, has been challenging his removal and attempting to regain power by labeling it a conspiracy. Despite facing setbacks after violent clashes involving his supporters, Khan has been using social media and his supporters, allegedly operating from abroad, to target the army chief and the government. Sharif’s statements followed a demonstration outside the White House by Pakistani Americans demanding an end to the government’s actions against Khan.

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