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PM Imran Khan says he was offered money to provide relief in accountability cases

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday told a delegation of senior journalists that someone approached him and offered money for “relief” from accountability process, ARY News reported.

Talking to a group of senior journalists, the PM said that the government has strong evidence to maintain that the country was looted by past rulers and their cronies and none will be spared in the transparent accountability process supported by the federal government.

Sources said PM claimed that he was approached and offered money to allow someone to evade the accountability process but he declined to give any leeway to such criminals.

The prime minister, however, made it clear that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was an independent institution and his government had no direct links to it, adding that corruption cases against the opposition leaders were not initiated during his tenure.

He also criticised the opposition for “uniting for a common cause like corruption” and in order to “save their ill-gotten wealth”.

The PM also lashed out at Shehbaz Sharif for “acting like Nelson Mandela” despite facing a corruption inquiry.

POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM

In a separate meeting held with party leaders and minister, the PM announced that he will announce a poverty alleviation program next week.

The PM directed to devise a framework for alleviation of poverty and hunger, adding that lifting underprivileged Pakistanis out of poverty is one of the top priorities of his government.

The meeting attended by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Senator Faisal Javed, PM’s spokesman Iftikhar Durrani and Naeemul Haq were present in the meeting.

The meeting also reviewed the economic reforms initiated by government and the progress on the party’s 100-day plan.

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