Coterie of thieves out to bring no confidence motion: PM
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MAILSI: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday said a clique of dacoits who had plundered the country, has now gathered to save their skins by touting to bring in a no-confidence motion against his government.
Addressing a huge public gathering, the prime minister said that he had entered into politics some 25 years back to confront these corrupt elements and would continue to face them.
He said that he was fully prepared to tackle the moves made by a ‘bunch of thieves.
The prime minister dared them to introduce the no-confidence motion in the parliament, declaring that after its failure, they would have to face the consequences.
The prime minister said the people behind the move for no-confidence were Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
Nawaz Sharif had been convicted by the Supreme Court and now he has been an absconder sitting abroad. With his ‘Bollywood acting’ and requests regarding his health issues, he went abroad, he said, adding “Whether a timid can be a leader who had fled the country twice!”
He said the thrice elected prime minister of the country had been living in luxurious and palatial houses in UK and when he was asked to explain the sources of his ill-gotten pelf and properties, he disowned them, telling that these belonged to his children who were not the citizens of Pakistan.
The prime minister said that the two families of Sharif and Zardari had plundered the country during the last 30 years.
Referring to the alleged corruption of Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, the prime minister said an amount of Rs3.75 billion was detected in the account of his servant and peon Maqsood peon.
Shahbaz Sharif would have to give answers to the criminal charges, if he had earned the money in fair means, it would have been deposited in his accounts rather than landing in his servant’s accounts, he opined.
The prime minister said during Benazir Bhutto’s first tenue, her spouse Zardari earned the notoriety of Mr. 10 percent across the world.
The newspapers and books contained stories of their untamed corruption, even BBC had released a documentary over their corruption, he said, adding both families framed corruption cases against each other.
Similarly, in the national assembly, Zardari also denied owning Surrey Palace and
$60 million dollars Swiss accounts, but when he got NROs, these assets were embezzled.
The two families had burdened Pakistan with whopping Rs30,000 billion debts during ten years of their rule, he added.
Now, this group of vested interests had gathered, claiming that situation in Pakistan was not good.
About Fazlur Rehman, the prime minister said that he would not call him as ‘maulana’ an epitaph used for the learned and respected persons, as the leader of JUI-F had bargained over diesel permits.
The prime minister said Fazlur Rehman had brought seminaries pupils to Islamabad by misleading them against Imran Khan.
He said in the presence of such a clique of dacoits, no one was required to conspire against his government.
The prime minister said that a self-reliant nation could achieve greatness while a nation begging before others was akin to using of crutches.
Referring to the recent Russia-Ukraine conflict, the prime minister said that they did not want strained relations with any country.
“We desire good ties with all countries including Russia, the US and China and will not become a part of any camp,” he reiterated.
The prime minister said Pakistan would endeavour to stop war in Ukraine and would support such efforts as its impacts were resulting in the economic woes across the world, with prices of gas and petroleum spiraling.
“Pakistan will not be a partner in any war, but will support all efforts for peace,” he emphasized.
The prime minister said he was born to parents who had taught him not to become subservient to anyone. Imran Khan had neither bowed before anyone nor would let the nation to bend before any other country, he declared.
Taking a strong note of a letter by the European Union ambassadors in Pakistan over the Russia-Ukraine conflict, he asked them whether they had sent such a letter to India.
He said it was Pakistan that had supported NATO in the war on terror. The rulers at that time supported these countries.
What was the outcome of that war, Pakistan lost 80,000 precious lives, 3.5 million people in the tribal areas were displaced while the country had suffered an economic loss of $100 billion dollars, he added.
The prime minister said that instead of acknowledging such huge sacrifices, certain countries in Europe blamed Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan.
“In Kashmir, India had brazenly violated UNSC resolutions. Whether they have criticized or severed ties with India or stopped trade?” the prime minister posed a question.
He said that they had not been slaves to anyone to follow their dictates. About 400 drone attacks were recorded during 2008 to 2018. In history, it never happened that a country fighting for another’s war had been targeted.
The two former ruling families never muster the courage to question these gross violations of the international laws, he said, adding they never felt ashamed over such drone attacks targeting innocent families in the tribal areas.
The prime minister, on the other hand, taking a firm stance, said he would direct air force to shoot down any drone violating Pakistan’s space.