ISLAMABAD, PTI: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has warned of legal action against former Prime Minister Imran Khan, accusing him of conspiring to wage civil war in the country and fabricating up concoctions about national institutions. Sharif’s remarks come at a time when the military has warned its critics to refrain from throwing mud at the country’s premier institutions.

The Imran (69) government was ousted last month through a no-confidence motion. He alleges that due to his independent foreign policy, a conspiracy was hatched to remove him under the leadership of America with the help of local leaders. His supporters had targeted the army on the internet media for not playing a role in saving the Imran government. In a statement issued late Sunday night, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Shahbaz has termed Imran’s address at a rally in Abbottabad as a big conspiracy against Pakistan.

‘What Imran is doing is a conspiracy’

According to Shahbaz, Imran had challenged Pakistan, its constitution and respected institutions in Abbottabad on Sunday. He said that what Imran is doing can only be considered a conspiracy, it is not politics. This conspiracy is not against any political rival, but against the country. Imran had said in Abbottabad that no force could stop the Long March of 20 May, in which more than two million people would participate. Shahbaz said, ‘Pakistan cannot surrender or compromise in the face of arrogance, conceit and lies of any person. Imran first conspired to destroy the country’s economy and is now trying to start a civil war.

‘Imran is the Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq of this era’

“Imran is the Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq of this era, who want Pakistan to face Libya and Iraq-like situation,” Sharif said. Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq were known as allies of the East India Company in the 18th century. Shahbaz said, ‘The people, constitution and institutions of Pakistan are not slaves of Imran Niazi. Nor can he hold them hostage. The PM criticized Imran’s speech and said that he will not be allowed to become the Hitler of Pakistan.

Edited By: Praveen Prasad Singh