PM says moral downfall preceded the economic downfall

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on January 10th, held an interactive gathering with the journalists, social activists, YouTubers and educationalists.

During this interactive session, Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that any NRO to the opposition leaders for their corruption cases would ease out his life but it would be disastrous for the country.

Khan was of the view that “Any NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) will make my life far easier but it will be disastrous for the country.

During last ten years, they had given NROs to each other and consequently the  country’s debt swelled fourfold. Then no one was questioning anyone.

There was same NAB (National Accountability Bureau) which was disturbing none at that time.”

While holding conversation with the digital media publishers and broadcasters, Prime Minister Imran Khan recalled both the NROs were given by Pervez Musharraf, which had damaged the country to a great extent.

He also stressed that, they had overburdened the country under debts that half of the revenue today went to debt payment leaving the government with short of resources to spend for public welfare.

Furthermore, Imran Khan was of the opinion that, any such exemption undermined the nation’s moral standards which the opposition leaders had unfortunately done, with even the media showing leniency towards their corruption of multimillion rupees, ignoring its real role of a watchdog.

He said no one in any civilized country could ever think of its prime minister or foreign minister doing job in a Dubai firm just to launder the money abroad.

Prime minister commented that the moral downfall preceded the economic downfall of any nation. Some third world nations with plenty of natural resources were poor just because their leaders were involved in corruption.

He further added, it took long and required tough decisions to challenge the status quo, and exemplified China which jailed its over 400 ministerial level people for their corruption and thus elevated the nation out of poverty.

According to Imran Khan the least corrupt governments were the most prosperous, he added in order to change the society and mindset, the nation would have to consider the corruption as an evil, otherwise it could not be eliminated just through law enforcement.

While responding to a question posed by a journalists regarding the why Khawaja Asif was jailed for corruption of “just” Rs 220 million. Prime Minister Imran Khan added that it reflected the downing of a nation’s morality and called it a “Classic Case”.

The prime minister said Pakistan was on its defining moment with the government having option either to surrender before the corrupt leaders or stand against them.

He said just for sake of protecting their looted money, the opposition leaders blackmailed the government during its struggle for economic uplift, anti-COVID operations and FATF legislation linking their support with abolition of 34 of 38 clauses from NAB law.

He said Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari had joined hands with each other despite the facts that who had registered corruption cases against each other.

Even JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman joined them for being out of government – a first since 1992, he added.