ISLAMABAD: Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Saturday likened the language used by opposition parties to alleged Indian propaganda aimed at discrediting his country.
“The way the political opposition of Pakistan has attacked the Pakistan army, this has never happened before in our history,” he said of speeches and statements by former PM Nawaz Sharif and others, in which they held the powerful military establishment responsible for all the problems in the country.
“Former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf used to be criticised, and it was understandable because he was the President. The criticism being dealt out these days, I am sorry to say, is using the language that India’s propaganda machine uses against the Pakistan army.”
Considered a pawn in the hands of the military, Khan made the remarks while addressing an event in Chakwal, a martial land that has produced more soldiers and officers than any other part of the country.
On a recent report by the Brussels-based EU DisinfoLab regarding an alleged Indian disinformation network operating since 2005 to discredit nations in conflict with Delhi, particularly Pakistan, the PM said: “The purpose of this was to present Pakistan in a negative light in front of the world and to portray that there is chaos so that no one invests in the country.”
“The Pakistan Army was also targeted. India wants the army to be portrayed as a rogue army and as terrorists,” he said, claiming it was also discovered that the fake sites unearthed in the investigation were promoting the Pakistan Democratic Movement, an anti-government alliance of 11 political parties.
Referring to phrases like “Prime Minister-select, selected Prime Minister and selected government” that were being used by the opposition for him and the government, the PM said they were essentially accusing the army of rigging polls and ensuring the government and PM were “selected” rather than elected.
“So then, did you go to the Election Commission, the Supreme Court, the Parliament?” he asked while dismissing the claims by the opposition that the country’s security establishment played its part in rigging the 2018 general elections.