ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday that defeat of Zac Goldsmith in London’s mayoral election had deflated the balloon of Imran Khan’s so-called popularity abroad.
The minister, in a statement here, said, “Pakistanis in London by voting for their compatriot Sadiq Khan have not only proven their patriotism but also exposed the hollow claims of Imran Khan’s popularity among the expatriates.”
The victory of Sadiq Khan and defeat of Zac Goldsmith had raised ‘Ro Imran Ro’ (weep Imran weep) slogan even in the United Kingdom capital, he said.
The minister said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan along with his entire family had campaigned for Zac Goldsmith but the people of London had rejected his “politics of lies” by voting for Sadiq Khan.
Congratulating the newly-elected London Mayor, he said the election of the first ever Pakistani for the coveted post was a source of happiness for all the Pakistanis. “The victory of the son of a labourer is a matter of pride and honor for every labourer and every Pakistani,” he added.
Pervaiz Rashid said the defeat of Zac Goldsmith and the victory of Sadiq Khan was a clear indication of the mood of the electorate that they had rejected the negative politics of Imran and his relatives.
With Sadiq’s election, the people of London had also rejected the negative propaganda against Pakistan and Pakistanis, he added.
Sadiq Khan, he said, through his performance would garner further respect for the Pakistani nation.
Imran’s attempts to hoodwink the Pakistanis at home and abroad by claiming to visit London to gather proofs regarding the Panama Papers Leaks spoke volumes about the “contradiction in his claims and deeds,” he added.
The people of Pakistan, he said, knew that Imran’s priority was his family and not compatriots. -APP