Censuring PM’s ‘silence’, Imran replies to Modi’s broadsides

MULTAN: PTI chief Imran Khan on Friday derided Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for being a coward and not responding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s threats against Pakistan.
Addressing a crowd in Multan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief said, “you [Modi] could solve the Kashmir issue instead of being a muscle man in this instance.”
“This is the time for you to withdraw your troops from Kashmir. Bringing peace should be your aim,” said Imran, adding that the Indian PM should chose to be a ‘statesman’ instead of flexing muscle under the current circumstances.
Opining on relations between Indian and Pakistan, the PTI chief, “If relations improve between India and Pakistan, we could spend more money on eradicating poverty instead of defence.”
“On one side there are drone strikes, on the other there are attacks on the Sialkot border. Nawaz has not made a statement on either issue,” said Imran.
He went on to claim that Nawaz had not issued a statement against Modi’s statements to safeguard his family’s business interests in India.
“Why hasn’t Nawaz addressed the issue of drone attacks?” Imran asked rhetorically, adding that Nawaz did not have the courage to tell the US that drone attacks are against our sovereignty.
Imran also hit out at former president Asif Ali Zardari, saying he would break the partnership between Zardari and Nawaz. The PTI chief said he would hold a rally in Larkana on November 21 to “awaken the people of Sindh.”
8 killed, 78 injured from stampede
At least eight people were killed while 78 others injured as a result of a stampede at the end of the PTI rally, confirmed Nishtar Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Ashiq Malik.
Out of the 78 injured, 38 are said to be critically injured and have been shifted to the Nishtar Hospital.
Dr Pervez Haider, Director Emergency Nishtar Hospital told The Express Tribune that 37 more injured have been brought to the hospital, while situation of three among them is critical.