- Rasheed says “superpowers” did not like Khan’s independent foreign policy.
- Ex-interior minister hopes MQM-P gets something good out of current set-up.
- No slogans should be raised against the military, former interior minister says.
PESHAWAR: Former interior minister Sheikh Rasheed claimed Wednesday that foreign powers may have former prime minister and PTI Chairman assassinated as they want to rein in Pakistan’s foreign policy.
In a conversation with reporters in Peshawar, the AML president said the ex-prime minister could either be assassinated or the “foreign powers” could have him imprisoned.
Rasheed said he was in Peshawar on the special invitation of Khan to attend a jalsa — the first public rally the PTI chairman will be attending after his ouster from PM’s office early Sunday.
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Rasheed said Khan would not bow down before the foreign powers as he berated the incumbent government for being “international beggars” due to whom Pakistanis abroad were burning their passports.
“The superpowers did not like Imran Khan’s independent and impartial foreign policy,” the AML president said, claiming that even the people of Pakistani did not want to see the faces of the current leaders.
The former interior minister lamented that the allies who enjoyed the luxury of ministries had turned against them — as the breakaway of the allies had helped the incumbent government to come into power.
Rasheed added that he was “good friends” with MQM-P’s leadership and hoped that they get something out of the current set-up.
Lashing out at the dissident MPs, he said: “How will the disgruntled people do politics in the future? Fly-by-night people do not stand with you when you need them the most.”
Noting that no slogans should be raised against the military, he said that the PTI chairman would give a call to march towards Islamabad in a month.