PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday slammed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s foreign visits amid the country’s current “crises”.
Prime Minister Shehbaz is currently in the UK for the coronation of King Charles III while FM Bilawal went to India on Thursday to attend the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Imran targeted the two while addressing a PTI rally in Lahore from inside his car to express support and solidarity with the Supreme Court, the Constitution and Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Atta Bandyal.
Pakistan is becoming a disgrace in the world. When Bilawal went to India, what was the attitude of the Indian Foreign Minister, it is a shame for all of us. We ask, Bilawal, you are traveling the whole world, but first tell me that before you go, ask someone that you are spending the country’s money on travel, so what will be the benefit or loss?
Imran questioned that the kind of language used by the Indian foreign minister, what was the benefit of the visit to India?
India’s External Affairs Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar, in his remarks at the SCO meeting, said it was important to stop terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terrorism, usually referring to Pakistan.
“We strongly believe that terrorism cannot be justified and must be stopped in all its forms and manifestations, including cross-border terrorism.” Later, he alleged that Pakistan supports terrorists in Kashmir and Bilawal’s stand was “known and called out”.
Not holding back his words for the latter, Imran pointedly remarked against Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s manners. “Don’t you have any culture or etiquette that a guest comes to your country — either don’t invite them but to invite and then humiliate them like this reflects [poorly] on India. This arrogance of yours I’m seeing, remember it is God’s law that the powerful do not always remain so and the weak do not always remain so as well.”