Pakistan

‘Big thieves’ being held accountable for first time, says Imran

CHITRAL: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday took a swipe at his rivals for crying foul over what he said their first test of accountability and said ‘big thieves’ were being held to account for the first time.

Addressing a gathering of PTI leaders and activists here in Chitral, Khan said those raising hue and cry over the JIT summoning the Prime Minister’s daughter Mariam Nawaz had forgotten how Benazir Bhutto faced JIT in her brother Murtaza Bhutto’s murder case.

The PTI chairman inaugurated a 59-megawatt power station in the Chitral district.

“History is being written as big thieves are being held accountable,” he said, adding “theft won’t stop by bringing small thieves to book but big thieves.”

He claimed that an amount of Rs 1000 billion was grabbed and sent abroad. “If this huge amount was spent in the country, many of its issues plaguing it would have been resolved and many youths would have been provided employment.”

Commenting on Ishaq Dar’s facial expressions after his appearance before the JIT Khan wondered, “how they put on innocent faces and blow the trumpet of their innocence and being subject to ruthless accountability.”

A day before Imran Khan in his tweet had said, “And no amount of hysterical gutter language is going to get him (Dar) off the hook.”

 

Khan said Pakistan was reeling under perennial energy crisis while authorities were selling  electricity at exorbitant rate.

He said that the developed countries were switching from coal-fired power plants to other cheap power resources to reduce pollution caused by these plants whereas the plants were being installed in Pakistan to mint money.  Even China was shutting down its coal-fired power plants, he added

Khan was all praise for the PTI government saying efforts were afoot to complete 300 micro hydel power projects this year. Had the rulers focused country’s resources and energy on Bhasha reservoir, much of the energy crisis would have been resolved.

He said the PTI government was working to address fundamental and basic governance issues in KP.

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