Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed his spokespersons not to criticise the opposition in the media but instead to concentrate on highlighting his government’s achievements, something which is being seen as a major policy shift.
Khan said this while highlighting the need for implementing proposed electoral and judicial reforms for which the government was likely to invite the opposition for a dialogue, Dawn reported.
A spokesman told Dawn that PM Khan was of the opinion that after the apparent split in the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), the opposition was no more ‘harmful’ to the government. Therefore the spokespersons should not indulge themselves in any confrontation with the opposition members in the media and TV programmes or in parliament.
He quoted the prime minister as saying: “Now the opposition does not matter”.
The remarks are believed to be a shift from his earlier position in which Khan and his party PTI have been lashing out at the opposition leaders for what they call “looting national wealth and being responsible” for putting the county into economic crisis.