Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife Reham Khan on Tuesday said that he was a puppet of the country’s military and was waiting for its instructions to make a statement on the Pulwama terror attack.
“Imran has come into power by compromising on ideology and moderate policy. Do not imagine for a minute that it is his policy. He is instructed to do and instructed to say what the state wants. We have seen the rise of new extremist religious parties during the elections and we have seen a lot of violence, riots in Islamabad. Imran Khan used a blasphemy card,” Reham Khan said.
Reham Khan’s response came hours after Imran Khan said that Pakistan would certainly retaliate if India declared a war, while also pledging to act against those countrymen who are found involved in the attack if “actionable intelligence” was provided.
“If you [the Indian government] think you will attack us and we will not think of retaliating, you are wrong. We will retaliate. We will have no other option other than retaliating. We all know starting a war is in the hands of humans, where it will lead us, only God knows,” a sombre Khan said in a nationwide broadcast.
Reham Khan asserted that Imran Khan did what he was taught to do.
“Imran Khan has been doing what he is taught to do. If he’s saying he will take action, then he has to display and demonstrate something. We were on the way to be blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force [FATF], long before Pulwama terror attack happened.”
“We must take an action not because the Indian prime minister wants us to but because it is in the interest of Pakistan. Imran Khan is saying the right thing but we haven’t seen him taking any step in the last six-seven months,” Reham Khan said, adding, “We might not be involved with JeM but we have a track record that we are not cracking down on these groups.”
“I think some think tanks were working on this [the speech]. I do not think this was his speech. I do think he’s been told to do these things,” she added.