Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the nation on Wednesday, after the protest started against the acquittal of Asia Bibi. PM Imran supported the Supreme Court’s verdict and warned extremists against inciting terror across the country.
“It is our duty to protect property, to keep roads open and to keep people safe. The state will then exercise its power if you so as much even decide to incite any kind of violence at a time when the whole country is trying to rise together. Don’t force us into taking action,” Khan warned. “The despicable language used by a small section of the society against the military and judiciary is utterly deplorable. Such language is used by the enemies of a state,” he added.
“Those who are inciting people to violence for their political objectives should be rejected. I appeal to you not to start a confrontation with the state.” “Don’t cause any harm to this country for your petty politics and vote. If you do this, rest assured state will perform its responsibility of life and property of the people,” the prime minister said.
‘It is my belief that the principles on which Pakistan was founded… if they are not adhered to Pakistan has no future’. “Our faith is incomplete if we don’t love our Prophet [PBUH],” he said, and highlighted his government’s efforts to fight blasphemous content. “Which government can function when people say that kill the judges, rebel against the army chief?” “We are already facing such tough economic hurdles. My cabinet and I have yet to take a day off… we are struggling continuously to uplift the people [and] to improve the conditions of the underprivileged.”
Referring to the protesters, he said: “If the Supreme Court does not issue a verdict according to their wishes, does that mean they will come out on the roads and paralyse the country? ” “The people are to bear the brunt of this. The labourers who are reliant on daily wages… how will they feed their children?” The prime minister urged the nation not to allow themselves to be “provoked” by the agitators.
“This is not a service being done for Islam. This is enmity taking place against the country,” Khan observed. “I appeal to you, don’t harm this country in order to [increase your] vote bank. “If you continue doing this… let me make it clear to you… the state will fulfill its duty [and] protect people’s properties and lives.” “We will not allow any vandalism [or] blockage of traffic.” “I appeal to you… do not take the state to a point where it has no option but to take action,” he concluded.
On Wednesday, protests were erupted in major cities of the country against the Supreme Court’s orders to immediately release Asia Bibi.
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17 November, 2019