You say the right things but your tone is not correct: Imran to PTM

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ORAKZAI: I want to say to the PTM that you’re saying the right things but your tone is not correct, said Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Friday.

The prime minister was addressing a rally in Orakzai agency when he said that chanting slogans against the armed forces and the country would do the nation harm.

“You should not rub salt on the people’s wounds,” said the prime minister, referring to the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM).

The PTM is a social movement for human rights, particularly for the Pashtuns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The PTM criticizes the armed forces and alleges that they are behind enforced disappearances and other crimes in the two provinces.

The armed forces vehemently deny this.

“The PTM says the right things but their tone is not correct,” said the prime minister. “I have been saying the same things for the past 15 years.”

Imran said that he was the only politician who knew the history about the tribal areas when the War on Terror started.

“I was the only one who stood in the parliament and opposed sending our army to the tribal belt because I knew about their history,” he said. “The people of the tribal belt are our army,” he added.

Imran Khan said that Pakistan Army ‘had no fault in this’ but the leader of the time who ordered them to go into the tribal belt was to blame.

Prime Minister Khan said that he was aware of the problems of the tribal areas and said that the real challenge lay in ensuring that the youth were provided jobs and education.

Prime Minister Khan lashed out at political rivals when he said that those who had looted the country were responsible for the current economic mess.

“Those who looted the nation’s wealth saw to it that our debts soared from Rs6,000 billion to Rs37,000 billion in the last 10 years,” he said.