Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will not reconcile with the corrupt politicians and money launderers while opposing the call for national reconciliation by Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider.
He reasserted his pledge to support accountability from plunderers and looters, his prime election manifesto, across the country adding that he will not work with the corrupt and money launderers. PM Imran Khan expressed these views while addressing AJK Legislative Assembly marking on Kashmir Solidarity Day on Wednesday.
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's Raja Farooq Haider has urged Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan to stop asking US President Donald Trump to intervene between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.https://t.co/ESc93Mmvkv
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“As a Kashmiri, I want to make a request to you: Begin national reconciliation in Pakistan. Raise yourself above everyone else and take everyone along,” said Haider during a special session.
“We all are with you. Being the prime minister of the country you are respectable for us and we have some expectations from you. Please end these fights on TV talk shows, which have really divided the country,” he said, adding Pakistan could only prosper if there was “national unity and consensus of opinion.”
Khan outrightly repudiated the call explaining that he does not have personal enmity with any of them but his fight is for the people of Pakistan.
Imran Khan said, “I am a democrat,” and called democracy the best governance system because it is based on meritocracy.
He said that all previous governments have ruined state institutions with corruption and irregularities hence offenders will not be spared. “It’s a fight against corruption. Take the example of China, which sent about 450 minister-level people to jail whereas, in the U.S. and Europe, corruption-tainted people are put behind bars even after the lapse of so many years,” he added.
Being the prime minister of the country you are respectable for us and we have some expectations from you. Please end these fights on TV talk shows, which have really divided the country
“Please don’t ask me to reconcile with the corrupt people who stashed the wealth of this country in foreign countries,” Khan said. “If someone commits a theft in my house and burdens me with debt, should I make friends with them?” he asked.
While saying so Imran Khan drew a comparison between the developed and developing countries by saying that countries with a proper democratic dispensation progressed but countries with poor governance systems are lagging behind.