Ex-PM Abbasi wants a commission to ‘assess PM Imran’s mental health’

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Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan for his recent late night address to the nation, saying a commission must be constituted to check the premier’s “mental health”.

“A high-powered commission should be formed to assess the mental health of the prime minister… it has never happened in the country’s history that any head of the state addressed the nation in the odd hours,” the senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said while addressing a news conference on Thursday.

PM Imran in his address to the nation late Tuesday night hit out at opposition parties in line with the government’s ongoing accountability drive, saying that he would form a high-powered commission to probe the massive Rs24,000 billion debt piled up in the last 10 years.

Abbasi vowed to appear before the high-powered commission, saying: “It is discretion of the government to form any inquiry commission and he would present the facts before it.”

The PML-N leader went on to say that if the National Accountability Bureau arrests him, he would consider it as “an honour” for him.

“Despite the passage of over 10 months, Imran Khan has failed to provide any substantial evidence of alleged corruption committed during the PML-N’s era,” he added.

The former prime minister alleged that the anti-corruption watchdog had only been used to silence dissidents, and it had been frequently misusing the law of remand against the opposition.

“PML-N is not responsible for the failures of the incumbent government… if PTI fails to resolve prevailing issues then calling snap elections would be the only option,” he said.