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The Prime Minister’s short visit in Karachi, where he landed at the old terminal of Quaid-i-Azam International Airport in the afternoon. He returned after meeting members of the business community and leaders of his party at the Governor House before finally speaking to the media.
Since the past many days, there is a debate on whether the joint opposition will be able to give a tough time to the incumbent government or not. Concludingly, at the All Parties Conference (APC), it was jointly decided to remove the Chairman Senate. Analysts believe that the replacement of the Chairman Senate is nothing but a symbolic political message to the establishment and the government to remind them of the opposition’s political relevance.
The government has, on the other hand, made it clear that there is zero tolerance on the matters related to corruption and misuse of authority.
PM Khan further clarified that people want him to move forward rather than focusing on the past (corruption and money laundering). “People are suggesting to me to quit this accountability [drive] and look forward,” he stated in his brief address explaining the purpose of his visit before taking questions from the reporters. “The people who are suggesting such moves are in fact involved in an act of treason. I can’t do this and I will not. If we stop accountability against all those looters and plunderers and lose this chance of justice, the country will never become self-reliant.”
A few days ago, Minister for Labour and Human Resource Ansar Majeed Khan, commented that the government has no threat from ‘unholy’ alliance and ‘false’ propaganda of the opposition. He added that the former corrupt rulers cannot further deceive people through public gathering.
It is important to mention that recently Prime Minister Imran Khan, claimed that he was approached by Sharifs to sign a deal to give them some relief. The proposal, according to Mr. Khan, was rejected by him. Interestingly, Prime Minister Imran Khan made it clear during his maiden speech to the nation that whenever powerful and corrupt people will be brought before the law, there will be a propaganda against the government.
A narrative will also be established if democracy was under threat, he added. He maintained that the government is facing and will continue to face more challenges by the political opponents, for allowing the NAB to independently conduct inquiries into financial matters of those who have been holding the public offices.
PM Khan repeated his stance in his address to the nation on October 24th, stating that the corrupt leaders in the country are seeking for an NRO which is only a daydream. “I want to give them a message: ‘open your ears and hear this: you can come out on the streets. We will give you containers and give you food. You can do whatever you want in the assemblies… [But] no one will get an NRO’.”
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, PPP co-chairman, is indirectly threatening the government of a tough and more aggressive opposition, if it does not offer an NRO or a deal to the corrupt politicians in the country. Since the NAB is working independently, it is threatening the system developed by such ‘criminals’. The government has, on the other hand, made it clear that there is zero tolerance on the matters related to corruption and misuse of authority.
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The joint opposition is making all possible efforts to compel the government to release Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, in order to get an opportunity to complete its five years tenure. Khan has, however, turned down all such offers right away.