Former prime minister Imran Khan, in an informal meeting with a group of journalists at his Bani Gala home in Islamabad, once again admitted that filing a reference against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa was a mistake. Earlier during a meeting with Insaf Lawyers Forum last week, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson had told the attendees that he should not have filed a reference against Justice Isa. Even the then attorney general of Pakistan had reportedly advised Imran Khan against it. While Khan admitted his mistake — which also means that the online campaign that PTI social media team members engaged in to target Justice Isa and his wife Sarina Isa was based on ill-intentions — the former PM stopped short of issuing an apology to the superior court judge, who has been complaining of victimisation at the hands of the erstwhile government.
Moreover, Imran Khan also admitted that his inability to handle rising inflation in the country was also a mistake. Contrary to Khan’s admission of failure (which came rather late), his aides had been justifying price hikes and inflation by saying that the issue is prevalent in other countries as well.
The former PM, as per journalists present in the meeting, also said that the rise in dollar price was also his government’s mistake. When economists and other concerned citizens on social media criticised the PTI government over the depreciation of rupee, PTI’s online warriors would attack them in order to cover up the government’s failures. But the former PM has now himself admitted that the economic crisis was directly linked to the government’s inability to govern. He did not explain as to what a ‘foreign conspiracy’ had to do with his own failures, or ‘mistakes’ as he would like to call them. The former prime minister certainly has a lot of explaining to do. An apology, particularly to Justice Isa and his family, would be a good start.