PM should have issued a statement on PTM-Army clash: Asif

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ISLAMABAD: PML-N MNA Khawaja Asif said on Monday that Prime Minister Khan should have issued a statement on the PTM-Pakistan Army clash that occurred the previous day.

Khawaja Asif was addressing the National Assembly when he said that the government had ‘tapped’ the NAB chairman to ‘save its own people’.

Khawaja Asif spoke about the clash between security forces and the PTM yesterday. He said that the backdrop of the clash was that Pakistan had been exploiting the tribal areas since the past 30-35 years.

He wondered why Prime Minister Imran Khan, KP’s chief minister and Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak had not spoken about the clash.

“The prime minister should have issued a statement on yesterday’s incident,” he said.
Asif said that the PTM should be brought into the political mainstream in order to address the grievances of the people of FATA.

“Our history of the past 72 years is tragic. We have committed mistakes in the past. The mistakes in East Pakistan caused the annexation of Bengal. Unrest in Balochistan has continued on and off for many years,” he said.

Yesterday, an armed clash took place between activists of the PTM and Pakistan Army at a checkpost in Boyya, North Waziristan.

According to the ISPR, an armed group led by PTM MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir attacked the Pakistan Army checkpost.

PTM denied the accusations and said that indiscriminate firing was opened on them by the armed forces.

Three people were killed and 15 were injured in the clash. Ali Wazir and eight others were arrested by security forces.

Asif said that PTI leader Jahangir Tareen was a shareholder in the private news channel that broke the news of the alleged clips of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.

“They tried to take away chairman NAB’s credibility away from him,” he said.

Asif said that while most cases in NAB were against opposition members, some pending cases were against members of the treasury benches as well.

The PML-N MNA said that the government must learn the lesson that ‘power has a shelf life’.

“Trust me when I say this–power has a shelf life,” he said. “I am saying this because I have been present on both sides of the house. Power does have a shelf life,” he added.

A few days ago, a private news channel ran audio and video clips of a man speaking inappropriately to a woman. In one of the video clips, he can be seen hugging the woman.

The news channel linked the man in the video and audio clips to Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. However, NAB denied the accusations and the channel retracted its story.