The global reach of anti-Semitism is, tragically, quite remarkable. In a country not renowned for its Jewish population or influence the use of anti-Semitic rhetoric has reached into the highest political circles.
In Pakistan there is a nasty feud going on between the various political elite following the disclosure from the Panama leaks that the children of the country’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, own offshore companies.
Imran Khan, the famous retired cricketer, now chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), accused Prime Minister Sharif of downplaying the issue by touring the country and doing “useless speeches” instead of replying to the allegations in parliament and presenting himself for accountability.
“Mian saaab (Mr Prime Minister), you’re touring the country to avoid our questions. You cannot run,” Khan said while addressing a massive gathering of supporters in Peshawar.
He said that as Pakistan’s second largest political party, it was their duty to ask the prime minister how his children acquired so much money.
The PTI chairman also took issue with JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman for his support of the Prime Minister over the Panama papers controversy.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman often labels Khan a ‘Jewish agent’, but, Khan suggested, “Jews do not need agents when people like Fazlur Rehman are there to damage the country”.
“Maulana Fazlur Rehman says that I am an agent of Jews. G-d forbid, if a Jew becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan, Maulana Fazlur Rehman will issue a religious fatwa in his support,” Khan said according to Samaa TV.