PESHAWAR, July 18 (APP): Leaders of mainstream political parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (PK) Monday strongly criticized the statement of
PTI Chairman Imran Khan regarding distribution of sweets by people over military take-over, terming it highly deplorable, anit-democracy and
against the Constitution.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Faisal Karim Kundi said it
was an immature statement of the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief, for which he should tender an apology to the nation.

Imran Khan, he said, was in the habit of issuing of ‘childish statements’. In the past he used to say that the umpire would soon raise his finger soon and now at a public meeting in Mirpur (Azad Kashmir) he said the people would distribute sweets if military took over the power in Pakistan, Kundi added.

Talking to APP, he said democracy had returned to the country after enormous sacrifices by the democratic forces and the PPP would resist any undemocratic move to derail the democratic process.

Faisal Kundi, who is also former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, said Imran’s statement was tantamount to invite a ‘dictator’ to topple an elected Government.

The countries that had made rapid progress, was because of the continuity of democratic system, he added.

He alleged that Imran Khan was trying to come to power through back door as he had now realized that he could not become prime minister through vote.

He said today judiciary was independent, media was free and
the parliament was functioning, and anyone could approach these forums for redressal of grievances, if any.

The PPP leader said it would have been better if Imran Khan had raised voice against the continued atrocities, human rights violations and use of brutal force against peaceful Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Kundi said the PPP had made great struggle against the dictators and it would not support any undemocratic move. No civilised nation could support undemocratic means to topple an elected government. The
recent developments in the brotherly country of Turkey should be an eye-opener for all, he added.

Awami National Party Senior Vice President Haji Mohammed Adeel alleged that Imran Khan’s statement was tantamount to committ ‘treason’ and the government and opposition political parties should take serious notice of it.

“What Imran has stated may be true in view of the politics of PTI, Pakistan Awami Tehreek or Pakistan Muslim League-Q. But for the supporters of political parties like Awami National Party, PPP or Pakistan Muslim League-N, who had faced immense hardships during dictatorial regimes, can
never think of supporting any undemocratic move,” he added.

Adeel said Imran Khan had now realized that his downfall had started after the recent PK-8 Peshawar by election and he could not become a prime minister through vote in next general election. That was why he was issuing such immature statements in frustration, he added.

Rahimdad Khan, PPP leader and former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Health Minister, flayed the statement of Imran Khan and termed it undemocratic and unconstitutional.

He said such statements were not liked by the people, politicians, civil society and lawyers. Nearly one and a half year was left in next general election and all, including Imran Khan, should wait instead of opting for other ways, he added.

He said change through people’s vote was always durable, which always paved way for development and progress. Imran would have to become a mature politician and avoid issuing such immature statements if he wanted to become the prime minister, he added.