Everyone knows neutrals were not actually neutral: Mazari


Questioning whether the “neutrals” were part of an alleged conspiracy to topple Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government last month, former human rights minister Shireen Mazari on Friday said that “everyone knows that the neutrals were not actually neutral”.

The word neutral is a reference to the military establishment, which has consistently claimed it is apolitical. However, PTI chief Imran Khan, during a rally in Mardan today, said that he went to those who could’ve stopped the “conspiracy” from materialising but they did nothing.

“I told them if this succeeds, economy will go into tailspin… I sent Shaukat to those who call themselves neutral but unfortunately they did not stop it.”

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Imran Khan and Shireen Mazari’s statements have come a day after DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar urged politicians not to drag the military into politics.

“I ask this question again to the ‘neutrals’ that your neutrality has come under question and did you think through it when you supported the conspiracy,” she questioned.

Mazari also asked the military leadership did they think about the effects it will have on the economy before allegedly supporting it. “Did you think about the economic downfall, lawlessness and destruction of democracy… did you think about these things,” she added.

The former federal minister said that there are many other things that she doesn’t want to mention but everyone knows that neutrals were not actually neutral when the ‘conspiracy’ against the country was being hatched.

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“Can anyone remain neutral when the destruction of the country can be witnessed via a foreign conspiracy? This is not about politics but part of a global conspiracy,” she added.

She claimed that a group of “thieves and crime minister” who are now in power had an agenda to quash all cases against them. “But what were the neutrals thinking when they allowed such a conspiracy to succeed?” she said.

The PTI leader also expressed surprise at the Supreme Court for “giving an exact date and time for the National Assembly to take up the no-confidence motion” that ultimately saw Imran losing his office.

Hitting out at Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah for threatening her party, Mazari said that everyone including the “neutrals” had realised how big a mistake it was to pave the way for regime change under a “US conspiracy”.

Earlier in the day, Imran Khan took the federal government to task over the country’s worsening economic condition, saying he had warned ‘neutrals’ – a reference to the establishment – that the economy would go into a ‘tailspin’ if the “conspiracy” against his government succeeded.

The remarks by the former prime minister, who was ousted from power through a no-confidence motion by the joint opposition, came on the heels of the historic depreciation of the Pakistani rupee against the US dollar and the bloodbath at the stock market over the past few days. The rupee has touched Rs193 against the US greenback whereas the bears ruled the stock market amid economic uncertainty.

Imran tweeted that the government led by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has “failed to provide” policy and action being awaited by the market. He added that he had told the establishment that the ouster of his government would result in economic recovery going into a tailspin which has “now happened”.

The PTI leader said the interest rate was highest at 15 per cent since 1998 while the stock market lost 3,000 points and inflation rose to 13.4 per cent due to the “lowest ever confidence” in the government.



Originally published at tribune.com.pk

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