Published On: Thu, May 2nd, 2019
Published in Category: Islamabad

Won’t give NRO no matter whatever the cost is: Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that due to opening of the corruption cases the opposition is crying, adding that the opposition is in hurry to topple the government due to the fear of being caught in theft. He said that the opposition is united to save their theft on the name of democracy. He said that such rules came who thing about themselves instead of country. He said that Ishaq Dar went abroad on the pretext of treatment, Shahbaz Sharif is also abroad and Nawaz Sharif is also seeking permission for going abroad. He said that there will be the same law for poor and influential in new Pakistan. Imran Khan made it overtly clear to the opposition that he won’t give NRO no matter whatever the cost is. PM said, “I am only answerable to Allah almighty and I won’t give National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to anyone.”

“No general Jilani brought the PTI up,” he said, while addressing a convention at Convention Centre Islamabad to mark 22nd anniversary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The PTI chief said it was shameful to see PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif not bringing the country’s health sector up to international standards. “That is why he wants to go overseas for treatment,” he said.

The premier reiterated that under no circumstances would a deal be struck with opposition parties, saying accountability proceedings against its leadership shall continue.

“There are ups and downs in life just like politics… party leaders have left but I never lost my resolve to bring change in Pakistan,” he said, referring to his 23-year-old struggle, adding that, faith is extremely important to achieve anything in life.

“Before my eyes I saw how our country went down from the heights it once reached,” he said.

The premier added that he had faced many adversities in his political career but always came out stronger. “People would ridicule us even when the party was founded for our humble beginnings,” he said. “I want to laud all those who have stood by my side, adding that “struggles only increase your mettle to work harder”.

Pakistani youth, PM Imran Khan added, must learn from the society created under the leadership of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in the state of Medina.

He blamed the previous governments’ for the country’s worrying economic situation, and justified the increase in petroleum prices. “It is not as simple they [opposition] is making it out to be, we needed to increase petrol prices as the international rates have risen.”

The opposition, PM Imran Khan said, was unduly criticising the government to “cover the corruption done during their respective tenures at the helm”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that although he had “nothing to gain from politics”, he had persevered in his political struggle for 23 years to fulfill his responsibility towards the Pakistani people.

“It’s been 23 years since PTI was founded and we need to understand what this struggle was about. Struggle is never a straight journey, there are highs and lows. People get disheartened and leave you, [and] some come back.

“I had nothing to gain from politics. I had everything a person can have — wealth, fame, respect. I could have spent my life just by commenting on cricket,” he told the audience.

But he said “a man of faith knows he has to answer to the God. The more you receive [from God], the more responsibility you have [towards society].”

“This country was progressing so quickly when I was growing up. Our leaders were respected by the world. But then this respect began to fade because those in power, instead of thinking about the country, started caring about their own interest.

“When a man steals, he harms one man. When a leader steals, he harms the entire country,” the prime minister stressed.

Citing the success stories of Malaysia and Singapore, he emphasised the importance of implementing the principles of the state of Madina in Pakistan.

“The governance structure of Madina is the system of a modern state. That became the foundation due to which Muslims ruled for the next 1,000 years.

“Pakistan was the only country that was built in the name of Islam and the purpose was to establish a welfare state. But we strayed from that vision.”

Recounting his political struggle, Imran Khan said the PTI was initially written off after some of its members “got disheartened and left the party”.

“People made fun of us, called PTI a ‘tonga party’,” he recalled. “Your party (PTI) is the only party that have struggled. It was not supported by a general, or inherited.

“When people work for themselves, they think ‘it’s been 15 years and I have gotten nothing’. When you work for society, it doesn’t matter how long you have to struggle.

“Struggle trains you. You don’t get scared of resistance because resistance makes you stronger.”

He said he has been blessed with everything and didn’t “need” to come into politics. He had already had fame from playing cricket, he said. But his faith made him feel a responsibility towards the people of Pakistan, the premier said, describing the moment he made a decision to join politics.

“In the 1960s, Pakistani leaders were highly respected when they went abroad,” he said. A country can put up with the crimes and robberies of its public, but it’s a different story when the leaders are criminal, he said.

Addressing the youth of PTI, he said they should study the life of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). He reiterated his usual statements on following the model of Madina for governance.

People made fun of us for around 15 years, he said. But PM Khan kept going with the prophet as his role model, he said.

The premier shared statistics, saying that he wanted people to know what condition the PTI government received Pakistan in. “People need to know how a government is run. At least then they’ll know tabeedili arahi hai [progress is coming],” he said.

He said people accuse PTI of inflation every where. He gave examples of PML-N, PPP and accusations leveled against PTI by other parties. “It is no doubt that prices have gone up,” he said, explaining the mechanism of how the rupee has depreciated.

He then compared inflation figures between the PML-N and PTI governments, emphasising that PTI has done better than PML-N did in its first eight months.

Imran Khan said that the Party led government will put the country on the development path taking bold measures according to model of Riyasat-e-Madina. He said that Madina State was welfare and modern Islamic state and the government will put the country following this exemplary model.

He said when the rulers of the country become thief, the system and the country become damage. He said Madina State was welfare and modern Islamic state and the government will put the country following this exemplary model and Muslims ruled on the world following the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

He said the Party will steer out the country from longstanding difficulties. He said the Party came into power with effective struggle.

The Prime Minister said that the national debts have jumped to 30 thousand billion rupees from six thousand billion rupees during the last ten years in the tenure of PPP and PMLN.

He said when the party came into power there was a budget deficit of 1300 billion, the gas sector was facing loss of 150 billion rupees while circular debt was 1200 billion rupees in 2018. The Prime Minister said that Ehsas Program will be historical program of PTI led government in poverty alleviation.

Announcing ten point agenda of his government, he said this is a historic and comprehensive program regarding destitutes, widows, orphans, workers, labourers, farmers, jobless, homeless, aged and poor students of the country.

Imran Khan said the government has already started affordable housing program for shelterless people of the country.

He said the government is also committed to promote tourism in the country as Pakistan is rich in tourism sector. The Prime Minister said that the government is also announcing local bodies system to devolve the power and new system will ensure the development of back ward areas.

Imran Khan said that the steps are being taken to develop the agriculture sector with support of china as it is committed to support Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said the PTI led government has already started the health card scheme for poor segment of the country.

The PTI was formed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan in Lahore on April 25, 1996.

The premier had directed the PTI chief organiser to prepare a plan for countrywide celebrations after the party decided to commemorate its 23rd Foundation Day — the first after coming to power — with “full fervour and passion”.

A video compilation recapping the prime minister’s political career was shown at the start of Wednesday’s ceremony. It was followed by a performance by Punjabi folk legend Attaullah Esakhelvi, who has lent his vocals to a PTI anthem.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his address at the event congratulated the prime minister and the party’s founding members and workers who he said “took Imran Khan’s message to every village and remote area”.

Taking a jibe at the PTI’s political rivals, he said: “Opposition parties ask ‘is this the naya Pakistan?’ I ask them that you ruined Pakistan for 40 years and you expect Imran Khan to fix it in eight months?”

Qureshi said the PTI voter is “very intelligent”. “He knows the situation you inherited when you came to power. He knows about the ruined economy you inherited,” he added while addressing the premier.

He asked PTI workers to prepare themselves for local bodies elections, recalling that the Punjab Assembly had recently passed a local bodies bill.

PTI’s chief organiser Saifullah Khan Niazi in his remarks recalled Prime Minister Imran Khan’s political struggle, commending him for standing up against the “rotten political system”.