JEHLUM: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif for their recent statements, and instead suggested that they should put their own house in order.
Addressing a political gathering in Jehlum, the PTI chairman said that both leaders have disgraced the nation in the international community through their statements. “The rulers are not concerned about the nation, but only their own vested interests.”
“The prime minister and foreign minister said that we should clean our house first,” he said. “I say that instead they should keep their own house in order first.”
Imran decried that the nation was being pushed to bankruptcy, while some people were getting increasingly rich. “I promise that one day we will also set the house in order,” he said.
“I am building the perfect team for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf,” he said adding that a team cannot succeed where players play for themselves rather than the team such as the victorious 1992 World Cup team.
“The prosperity should not be for the Sharifs and Zardaris,” he said adding that hue and cry is raised against court verdicts when there is accountability and justice is being served. He said that society cannot prosper when there is increasing polarization between the rich and the poor and justice is not served.
He said the nation is being indebted and taxed while the rulers are stashing their wealth abroad. This has resulted in over twenty million children out of school. Giving the example of Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Imran said that there were no school teachers when they formed government in the province and such school cannot even compete with elite private schools.
Imran also lashed at Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairmen Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stating that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was indeed a great leader but what have they achieved as leaders are formed by giving mere statements.
He also decried the dynastic politics saying that Nawaz Sharif is nurturing his daughter Maryam as the political heir. “Why kind of democracy is this where a family is in power,” he questioned adding whether party members could stand up against their leaders.
He put forward a question in front of Abbasi, who had said that he still considers Nawaz Sharif as his prime minister even though he was disqualified by the Supreme Court. “If the prime minister does not even accept the verdict of the Supreme Court, then how can you expect the people to respect it?”
He said that Abbasi and Khawaja Asif were disrespecting the national institutions through their statements, and advised that they should set their own house in order.