PESHAWAR: Defense Minister Pervez Khattak has claimed that Imran Khan’s government could not last a single day if he wanted to, but Imran Khan has a lot of favors on him.
Addressing a gathering in his native Manki Sharif in Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday, the defense minister said, “I take whomever I want to any height and zero to whomever I want and this is the result of my hard work.”
“I am competing with the whole country and if I do something wrong, Imran Khan’s government will not last a single day, but Imran Khan is kind to me,” he said.
In his address, Pervez Khattak said that he handles the members of the government as well as the opposition and everyone respects him.
It is to be noted that by-polls are being held on February 19 in PK-63 constituency of Nowshera and in such a situation, the news of differences between Pervez Khattak and his brother Provincial Minister Liaquat Khattak is common.
On the other hand, after his statement, Pervez Khattak also made a kind of explanatory tweet on the social networking website Twitter. In his tweet, Pervez Khattak wrote that in his address to the locals of my village in Nowshera, he made it clear that he was sincere and grateful to Imran Khan.
“With our efforts and Imran Khan’s support, we are successful in every constituency and we will defeat all the opposition parties standing against our backed candidates for the by-elections,” he said.
It may be recalled that Pervez Khattak has been holding the post of Defense Minister since the beginning of the current government and he is one of the few ministers whose portfolios have not changed during Imran Khan’s rule.
Pervez Khattak has previously been part of the PTI’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and also served as the province’s chief minister. Senior PTI leader Pervez Khattak was elected a member of National Assembly constituency 25 (Nowshera One) in the July 2018 general elections.
Meanwhile, Pervez Khattak issued a clarification on Sunday saying he was “indebted” to Prime Minister Imran Khan, a day after his speech in which he claimed that Imran Khan’s “government could not function even for a day if I wanted it [not to]”.
In the video of his speech to a gathering in his native town of Manki Sharif in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Nowshera district, a recording of which is available with Dawn.com, Khattak can be heard saying: “I can take whoever I want to the heights [of success] and make zero whoever I want and this is a result of my hard work.”
During the speech he made on Saturday, the minister also said that he was “competing against the entire country”, going on to add, “if I do [mischief], Imran Khan’s government would not function even for one day but I am indebted to him”.
“I do not only handle government officials but also deal with members of the opposition. Everyone respects me.”
In a tweet today, Khattak clarified that he “clearly mentioned in my speech for the locals of my village in Nowshera that I’m sincere & indebted to Imran Khan”.
“We are successful in our [constituency] due to our efforts & support of [Imran Khan]. We will defeat all opp. parties ganged up against the candidate we are supporting for the [by-election].”