Corrupt politicians of second tier to be arrested in next phase: PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan.–File photo
Talking to a private news channel, Khan said that opposition political partied had no ideology; they were just trying to save the looted money. He said that only two companies of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif were involved in Rs23 billion corruption. He said this was the first time that any government in Pakistan was taking action against the influential and corrupt people of the country.
Answering a question about former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Khan said the PML-N patron lied to the government and the courts to flee the country. He said the former prime minister should be tried under the treason law for levelling baseless allegations against Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed. He said that Sharif was launching attacks on the Pakistan army and calling for revolt in the army while sitting abroad.
Khan said that Sharif was speaking India’s language and India wanted to split Pakistan into three parts. He said, “Sharif suits India, but Khan doesn’t.” He said that former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani was lobbying in the United States in favour of India and against Pakistan. He said it was Haqqani, the then ambassador of Pakistan to the United States during the PPP term in power from 2008 to 2013, who was asking the world powers to save the then President Asif Ali Zardari from the Pakistan Army. He said the army is the only reason that Pakistan is safe today.
Answering a question about the poor performance of the federal government, the prime minister said that bureaucrats wanted to fail the government, but now the government was well aware of such bureaucrats. He said the government had identified such bureaucrats and action will be taken against them. He said that he and his team were new therefore they needed time to settle down.
Responding to reports that Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar had joined hands with Malik Riaz of Bahria Town and he was putting hurdles in the way of the Ring Road project, the prime minister dispelled this impression and said he was overseeing the project personally, therefore, Buzdar could not do anything wrong about it. He, however, said that Buzdar was not media savvy. He said that Buzdar lacked the confidence to deal with the media therefore he needed strong spokespersons like Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan and Firdous Ashiq Awan.
Answering a question about Pakistan-China relations, the prime minister said that Pakistan’s future was linked to China as the two countries were doing CPEC and other projects together. When asked if Pakistan would side with China in case of a war between China and India, Khan said he was against the war. He said that projects signed between Pakistan and China would not be made public.
Referring to the Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, Khan said that Kashmir would be freed from the Indian yoke through political struggle. He said that India had even lost the support of those few Kashmiri politicians who used to support the Indian federation before August 5, 2019. He said that Pakistan made Gilgit-Baltistan a province provisionally because it was the demand of the people of the Gilgit-Baltistan.
When asked about the possibility of Pakistan winning the US support on Indian occupied Kashmir, Khan said it was premature to say this. He said the political situation in the United States may deteriorate in the coming days keeping in view President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede.