No corrupt politician will be left standing or spared: Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday warned of tough time ahead, saying the entire nation has to bear the brunt of inflation because of corruption and wrong policies of successive governments in the past.

“Bringing back the billions of rupees of public money that have been stolen over the last few decades and laundered out of the country is the only way to stabilise the national economy and to stop relying on foreign loans,” said Imran while addressing his maiden news conference after assuming office of the prime minister.

The prime minister took great pain to highlight the economic crisis the country is in and blamed the previous government for the situation. “Pakistan is suffering huge internal and external debt … caused by corruption of the former rulers,” he said.

“The country is under a heavy debt...", he then went on and emphasised the facilities which are under said debt.

The prime minister said no corrupt element would go scot free. “Had the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) under my control, fifty more corrupt personalities would have been landed in the jail,” he added.

The prime minister strongly rejected the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership’s allegations of victimisation and said corruption cases against former Punjab chief minister and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif had been under investigation for the last eight months. “He should have been arrested months ago.”

The prime minister maintained that NAB was an independent entity and added that it had summoned PTI leaders as well, maintaining that they (the PTI leadership) appeared before it without raising hue and cry.

Imran said that after watching Shehbaz’s failed attempt to become ‘Nelson Mandela’ on television he decided to hold this news conference. “Shehbaz Sharif is arrested by the anti-graft bureau in a corruption case that is being investigated for the past one year.”

“The PML-N leadership is trying to give an impression that I have instituted the cases against Shehbaz Sharif.”

He ruled out any possibility of striking a deal similar to the NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance] with the corrupt, and vowed to not let those involved in corruption off the hook.

“Those clamouring over Shehbaz’s arrest are doing so to avoid their arrests,” he said, adding, “No matter how much they raise a hue and cry, no NRO will be offered to them.”

Imran promised a new law that will reward whistleblowers who help nab corrupt officials and politicians.

“The law will invite countrymen to identify the corrupt and (whistleblowers will) get 20% of the ill-gotten money and assets recovered from such people,” the prime minister said.

The other 80% would be used to pay off the country‘s debts, he added.

The prime minister did not give any further details, but said a draft of the law will be presented in parliament in the coming days, and will include protections for whistleblowers.

Regarding the protest by the PML-N over the arrest of his leader, the prime minister said, “If the PML-N leadership wants to stage a sit-in, I offer them container; if they want to register their protest in parliament they are most welcome.”

Imran said both the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) were trying to blackmail the government by saying that democracy was in danger “but they will badly fail in their schemes”.

“The PTI government will never allow any corrupt to live free,” he maintained. The government, he said, has set up an Assets Protection Unit in the Prime Minister Secretariat for negotiating and signing agreements with foreign countries like the United Kingdom (UK), United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Switzerland where Pakistanis have parked their looted wealth. “This unit is aimed at bring back the looted money from foreign countries.”

“I assure my country I will be unsparing to the corrupt elements that have destroyed our country. I promise justice to my people.” - Prime Minister Imran Khan

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By: Pakistani (901.00)

Tags: israel, pakistan

Location: Pakistan