Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar has shared an interesting anecdote to explain that Prime Minister Imran Khan will dissolve the assembly if it comes in the way of his vision for the country.
Sharing a short clip from a talk show on Twitter on Saturday, the federal minister said: “I was asked if Imran Khan can dissolve the assembly, see the answer in this clip. Imran Khan is not a politician, he is a leader.”
مجھ سے سوال پوچھا گیا تھا کے کیا عمران خان اسمبلی توڑ سکتے ہیں، اس کا جواب اس کلپ میں دیکھیے. @ImranKhanPTI سیاست دان نہیں لیڈر ہے. وہ اقتدار کے لئے سیاست میں آئے ہی نہیں. اقتدار صرف عوام کی خدمت کا ذریعہ ہے pic.twitter.com/g7A6kaTNus— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) April 30, 2021
“He never came into politics for power. Power is only a means of serving the people,” the federal minister asserted.
Umar shared an incident from the time when the now ruling PTI had a coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
“There was a group comprising 10-12 people protesting against the government. The prime minister called me in a meeting where he planned to address the issues raised by the protesters. He called for a pen and a paper to literally note down all their concerns,” Umar narrated the incident.
But by the end of the meeting, Asad Umar quoted the premier as saying: “If anybody thinks they can fulfill their demands by blackmailing me, I will break the government today, not tomorrow.”
The minister said that the premier will undoubtedly curtail his time as a prime minister if he feels that his vision to serve the people is not being accomplished. “The man doesn’t want power but wants to serve his people,” Umar stressed.
“I can leave my seat but will never give NRO”
In December 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday categorically stated that he will give up his office but will not give any NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) to the opposition.
The premier made the comments while speaking to actor Hamza Ali Abbasi during an interview on HumNews that covered a myriad of topics, including his own spiritual journey and his thoughts on Western culture.
Commenting on the opposition, PM Imran said that the parties have been blackmailing the government since day one to grant them amnesty. He maintained that the NRO given to the opposition by former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf had had disastrous effects on the country, leading to an increase in debt liabilities.
“If I want to let them go, then I should open up our jails,” he said, adding that he would “give up his seat but not give [the opposition] an NRO”.