PTI chief using ‘all tactics’ to divert attention from May 9 incidents: PM

— Blames Imran for defaming law enforcement agencies

— Says Pakistan offers vast investment opportunities for Japanese companies

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Chairman PTI Imran Khan is using all possible tactics to divert attention of the public from tragic incidents of May 9.

In a tweet on Thursday, he said, “Make no mistake about the evil intent behind Imran Niazi’s latest ploy to defame our law enforcement agencies and police. Yet again, he is making misleading and baseless allegations of the “rights abuses” just to distract attention for his culpability in the tragic events of May 9.”

Premier Shehbaz Sharif said that he was not surprised by antics of PTI chief in this connection. Someone who could persistently use foul language against the state institutions, incite people to violence and attack the state symbols and military installations, and bring down martyrs’ monuments, was capable of going to any extreme, he added.

The prime minister said that Imran Niazi presided over a disinformation apparatus that deployed fake news methodically to fool the people.

“Everything about him is hate, division and lie,” he remarked.

Pakistan offers vast investment opportunities for Japanese companies

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that Japan is a key partner in development and prosperity of Pakistan and Japanese companies should avail the vast investment opportunities offered by Pakistan.

This was stated by the prime minister while talking to President Toyota Asia Yoshiki Konishi and Chief Executive Officer of Indus Motors Ali Asghar Jamali who called on him here on Thursday.

Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Mitsuhiro Wada, Vice Chairman Toyota Indus Motors Shinji Yanagi, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Murtza Mehmood, Advisor to PM Ahad Cheema, Special Assistants to PM Jehanzeb Khan and Tariq Bajwa and high ranking officials attended the meeting.

Premier Shehbaz Sharif was briefed that Toyota Indus Motors for the first time established a unit for production of hybrid vehicles in Pakistan with an investment of $100 million. Shehbaz Sharif welcomed the project of Toyota to produce hybrid vehicles in Pakistan.

The production of hybrid vehicles in Pakistan would decrease the import bill resulting in saving of precious foreign exchange, he said adding the government was providing all available facilities to the industries for investment in modern technologies in the country.

The Japanese ambassador said leading Japanese companies were desirous of further investment in Pakistan.

During the briefing, it was told that in the current year from July, Toyota Indus Motors would start export of spare parts of vehicles and these exports would make Pakistan a part of the global supply chain.

The PM said exports of spare parts should be enhanced by taking benefit of the capacity of the engineering sector in the country. He said it should be ensured that the spare parts for the vehicles to be sold in Pakistan should be manufactured locally. The participants of the meeting lauded the prime minister for his government’s business friendly policies.


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