“How can Shahbaz leave for China when Pakistan is neck-deep in a crisis he and his brother, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have spawned? His name should be on Exit Control List (ECL)”, Khan voiced these demands speaking to protestors staging an anti-government sit-in outside Parliament House.
After the Lahore High Court (LHC) order, a First Inspection Report (FIR) should have been lodged against Shahbaz by now, but the coward had fled away, said he.
“CM Punjab shall be charged with manslaughter. It was he who called the shots, which killed 14 innocent Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in a police crackdown”, said he.
The LHC Tuesday ordered the registration of a murder case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and 19 others for their alleged role in the killing of 14 supporters of populist anti-government cleric Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri here.
The court dismissed petitions of three federal ministers of the Nawaz Sharif government against a sessions court’s order with a direction to lodge a murder case on the application of Qadri’s Pakistan AwamiTahreek without delay.
In a short order, Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa said the petitioners –Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, and State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali– failed to establish their case.
Pushing the envelope further, Khan told his workers that he was not here to play a Twenty20 ( a short 20-over version of cricket match) but a Test match.
Thousands of demonstrators led by opposition politician Imran Khan and Dr Qadri are camped out in the zone since August 15, demanding Sharif resignation.
Khan claims last year’s general election which swept Sharif to power in a landslide was rigged, though international observers said it was largely fair.
The crisis has rattled Sharif’s government 15 months into a five-year term and prompted rumours the army may intervene to resolve matters — and in doing so effectively put the elected government under its thumb.