BAHAWALNAGAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday lambasted Nawaz Sharif, saying that the former premier could make any compromise to save his money he made through corruption.
âI claim today that Sharif will do everything possible to save his Rs300 billion transferred through money-laundering,â the PTI chief said while addressing a rally in Chishtian tehsil of Bahawalnagar district.
âSharif, you will compromise with anyone for this purpose. You will even befriend Modi to save your money.â âYou will sacrifice all interests of Pakistan at the international level,â Imran said
He drew parallels between Nawaz Sharif and traitors like Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq. He said: “What was the need to amend the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (Finality of Prophethood) (SAW) declaration and who was to be appeased through it?” He demanded the ruling party to explain what pressure was there to amend the law. âNawaz only represents one ideology, which is corruption. He is ready to destroy this country’s courts and military to save Rs 300 billion he looted. Nawaz, you won’t be able to save the money you laundered out of Pakistan. We will bring it back.â
The PTI leader accused Nawazâs political allies including Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai of holding on to the ideology of corruption. âThese people are standing with Nawaz because they are afraid that if he is caught and sentenced, they are going to be the next,â he said.
Imran said that like Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari is also a looter but his course of action is different. He said that Nawaz and Zardari share same goal.
Coming down hard on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Imran alleged that he was a legal advisor of a company in the Middle East while he served as Pakistanâs defence minister. âHe held an Iqama that bound him to work for the company for at least six to eight hours every day, so the only reason to hold the Iqama was to launder money,â he alleged and requested National Accountability (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal to investigate Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal as well, who according to the PTI chief, also held an Iqama issued by an organisation in Saudi Arabia. âThe entire nation has hopes associated with you [Justice Iqbal],â he said and added: âThe Hudaibya Papers Mills case speaks about the corruption of all members of the Nawaz family.â
Responding to an earlier taunt by Nawaz in which he said he could not see any signs of Imran’s Naya Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Imran said: “My only response to him is that he was able to address the public without a bullet-proof screen. In the old KP, he wouldn’t have been able to enter the province.” He said Nawaz could not even address a rally in Punjab to question his ouster, without a bullet-proof screen.
Imran congratulated the KP police for averting a mass murder bid after a terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Agriculture Directorate on Friday left nine people martyred and more than 30 injured. He stressed that merit-based hiring in the KP Police and elimination of political intervention improved the efficiency of the law enforcement agency. âIf police commandos had not reached the premises within a few minutes of the attack, the nation would have witnessed a massacre similar to one that happened three years ago at the Army Public School.â
The PTI leader accused the government of misusing the police and forcing them to execute illegal tasks. âI challenge political opponents to come forward if any fake FIR has been lodged against them in KP. The police work according to the law in KP, but the same is not the case in other provinces,â he said, adding that FIRs on charges of terrorism were registered against him in Punjab and some of his party members in Sindh. He reiterated that the police could not protect the common man when the government misused the force. âI promise to bring changes to the Punjab Police,â he said.
Taking a jibe at Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, he said his party would not merely change police uniforms. âWe won’t dress them like postmen. We will bring changes to the law, establish merit and end political intervention in policemenâs hiring,â he said and alleged that transfers and postings of the Punjab Police were decided at Raiwind. âThat Chutku (little person) Hamza and sometimes even Maryam Bibi decide the transfers and postings of police officials. The inspector general of police, Punjab, sits before Shehbaz like his personal servant.â He claimed he had not received a single complaint against the KP police in four years.
Imran stressed that it was very important for Chishtian’s youth and women to understand that merit needed to be established for the progress of the country. âWhen Medinaâs state was established, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) created such a system that for 700 years, Muslims remained a great power in the world. This system was based on justice and merit,â he said and accused the PML-N of bringing down profit-making state-owned institutions including the Steel Mills and Pakistan International Airlines. He held the ruling party responsible for rendering thousands of labourers unemployed because of the corrupt practices of a few people in power. He lamented the countryâs poor performance in international sports. âI fail to understand how Pakistan, which has been a top cricket team in the world, was defeated in the recent Under-19 series by Afghanistan â a country that barely has a few cricket grounds.â The PTI leader stressed that the countryâs system which did not empower talent due to lack of merit was responsible for the poor performance of Pakistan’s squash and hockey teams.
âWe will again bring a system based on merit to change this country and reestablish national institutions. We will reestablish education and agriculture systems to empower the common man.â He said he was âsad that Nawaz was trying to divide the countryâ and promised that his party would unite the country under one flag and one ideology.