Corrupt will face the music, reiterates PM Imran amid resignation calls

09:36 PM | 1 Nov, 2019
Corrupt will face the music, reiterates PM Imran amid resignation calls

ISLAMBAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday lashed out at the opposition parties for staging the so-called 'Azadi March' in the Federal capital in a bid to topple the democratic government and categorically said neither he would resign nor any corrupt person would be given a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

Speaking at a public meeting in Gilgit-Baltistan, he said the country could not progress until and unless the menace of corruption was rooted out and those, who had looted the country, were taken to task.

He said the nation knew all those people and also the reality of 'Azadi March. The corruption cases of all the 'unemployed, political orphans, rightists and leftists', who had gathered in the federal capital, had surfaced and none of them would be spared, he added.

Earlier today, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal and major opposition parties on Friday formally kicked off protest sit-in in the federal capital and demanded the prime minister to step down within 48 hours for not running the country properly since holding the office after general elections 2018.

The prime minister said the opposition parties were too much confused and they had no clear agenda. Bilawal Bhutto was participating in the march as a liberal while Mahmood Khan Achakzai, a strong opponent of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, was also attending it.

He came hard on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and the opposition parties, saying gone were the days when the name of religion islam was used for making money and to reach the corridors of power.

He was critical of Maulana's role as the Kashmir Committee chairman, who, he said, was a favourite of the Indian media, which was portraying him as an Indian national.

He said two opposition parties in their 10-year tenure had increased Pakistan's debt fourfold. The total debt in first 60 years was $6 billion which reached $30 billion in last 10 tears.The people, who had siphoned off the looted money through Hundi and money laundering and their children were now billionaire, were not ready for accountability, he added.

He said corruption had destroyed the societies and countries, and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had struggled against the menace for 22 years.