Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday said that the reference filed against him by ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in National Assembly will not deter him from launching a countrywide anti-government protest move from August 7.
Speaking at a news conference hours after the ruling PML-N submitted a reference with Speaker National Assembly for his disqualification, the PTI chairman maintained that his party will soon come into power and put all corrupt elements behind the bars.
He asked: “If I had done anything wrong then why didn’t the government take action against me during the past three years?”
Imran maintained that the government wanted him to remain quiet over the Panama Leaks issue, adding it was for that reason, the ruling party’s lawmakers submitted the reference.
“The government can take whatever action it wants to take against me. I’m not afraid of any accountability rather I would present myself for accountability under the same ToRs [terms of references] prepared by the joint opposition,” he said, adding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif feared to be exposed if investigation against him was launched in his alleged involvement in corruption and money laundering.
He said that he will not step back from protesting against the government’s corruption, adding a massive movement against the government will be launched on August 7 from Peshawar which would be followed by a public meeting in Rawalpindi on August 13.
“No matter what sort of law they [rulers] pass against me, I will not retreat from this campaign until a complete accountability of those named in the Panama Papers is done,” he vowed.
He further maintained that the PML-N was only afraid that their corruption and inability to reveal the source of billions of rupees for London apartment will be exposed when the accountability process starts.
To a question about Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s Thursday stance on Indian brutalities in the occupied Kashmir during his speech in SAARC ministerial meeting, the PTI chairman backed the stance taken by the Interior Minister, saying Pakistan should maintain close ties with all its neighbours but these should be on the grounds of mutual respect, dignity and equality.
Imran Khan also praised Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s accountability laws, saying no politician would be able to make personal gains through his position from now onwards.
He also congratulated the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa government for making the ‘historic’ legislation, adding change in the province will be evident as a result of the laws.
He said the provincial government also passed laws regarding universities and the Galiyat Development Authority (GDA), adding all rest-houses along with the Chief Minister’s House would now be administered by the GDA.
The PTI chief lauded the provincial police department, saying the police have been depoliticized for the first time. He said that appointments in police would be made through the National Testing Service (NTS). -Business Recorder