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Opposition Leader in NA Shahbaz Sharif defends his 'beggars cannot be choosers' comment

Shahbaz says this is “not the first time” he has made such a comment

By Web Desk
April 02, 2022
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif. Photo: AFP
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif. Photo: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif defended his  “beggars cannot be choosers” comment, saying that it was “not the first time” that he had made such a comment.

“We have been taking loans one after another and will have to break the shackles but breaking the shackles will not be easy,” said the PML-N president in a press conference shortly after PM Imran's question and answer session with the nation.

“I don't care about Imran Khan's nonsense. Nation’s independence doesn’t mean anything if it isn’t economically empowered,” said Shahbaz. He added that “freedom” is not possible without self-reliance.

The Opposition leader said that, so far, Pakistan has not become “economically independent”. He gave the examples of Germany and Japan saying that they were defeated in World War 2, but they reached their peak by working hard.

'Treason case' should be first registered against PM Imran Khan: Shahbaz

Hitting out at PM Imran Khan, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif said that a “treason case” should be first registered against the premier.

“Treason case should be first registered against Imran Khan by not ending his [2014] sit-in Imran Khan harmed the nation’s pride,” said Shahbaz.

The PML-N president said that if politicians get involved in “treason and patriotism” then the matter will get out of hand. He added that if PM Imran Khan goes against the constitution and the law, then they will take their course.

Shahbaz’s statement on treason comes as PM Imran alleges that the no-confidence motion moved against him is a “foreign conspiracy”

“Imran Khan, instead of admitting defeat, is busy dividing the nation. He is refusing to follow the constitutional and legal path,” said Shahbaz. He claimed that the premier was directly taking on the Constitution

“He is inciting his supporters to sabotage the decision that will be taken in Parliament tomorrow,” said Shahbaz on PM Imran’s call for protests tomorrow ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion.

The Opposition leader said that MNAs have the right to enter Parliament, adding that incitement to violence will be accounted for after being defeated in the no-confidence motion.

“I am hoping that the police and the administration will maintain law and order in view of the Supreme Court orders,” said Shahbaz.