ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday called out the “corrupt” opposition leaders and said that whether he loses his government or his life, he will never forget them.
The premier was speaking during one of the “biggest” rallies in his party’s history at the Parade Ground in Islamabad as the Opposition has geared up to oust the premier from office through the no-confidence motion, the voting for which is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Monday).
At the beginning of his address, the premier thanked the attendees of the jalsa for responding to his call and gathered in Islamabad from every part of the country. The premier also lauded his team for arranging the jalsa.
“I pay tribute to my team and the nation [for making this jalsa possible]. Thank you for making me happy,” he said. “Today, I will have a heart-to-heart conversation with the nation.”
The premier, while responding to the criticism about him using religious references during his political speeches, said that when he joined politics 25 years ago, it was for the sake of the ideology of Pakistan.
“Nations are built on ideologies, and the ideology on the basis of which Pakistan came into being was Islam,” he said. The premier then added that he learned through his experience of living in the West that the true teachings of Islam were followed over there instead of Pakistan.
“I learned about the concept of a welfare state after living in the United Kingdom,” he said. “This was exactly the model on which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had established the state of Madinah.”
He said that Muslims ruled the world for a long time as they followed in the footsteps of the holy prophet (PBUH).
“Based on those ideals, I envisioned a welfare state in Pakistan and Alhamdulillah, we have already started a journey on that path. I am proud of the fact that we have introduced a health system in the country based on the principles of welfare.”
The premier then lauded his government’s efforts in terms of the Ehsaas programme, providing housing loans to the poor, and providing a Rs250 billion subsidy to reduce the prices of petrol and electricity.
“Today, I assure you that as I will continue to collect money through taxes, I will utilise that money for the betterment of the country.”
“InshaAllah, once we complete our five-year term, history will show that no other government worked as much as the PTI government did [for the development of the country].
Taking a jibe at the Opposition, the premier called out their “corruption” and said that those robbers continued saving each other by using the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) for the last 30 years.
“These three rats [opposition bigwigs] have been looting the country for three decades and these three have been trying to destabilise my government from day one,” he said.
PM Imran Khan said that it was because of former president General Musharraf that these corrupt politicians got away with their wrongdoings through the NRO.
“Musharraf pushed the country into turmoil by giving NROs to these corrupt leaders just to save his own government,” he said. “Whether I lose my government or my life, I am never going to forgive them.”
A few days ago, the premier had said that he would “surprise” the Opposition a day before the no-confidence motion session, adding that he is yet to lay his cards on the table.
The PTI is ready to stage its “Amr-bil-Maroof” (enjoining good) public gathering successfully in the federal capital as the political pressure mounts with the Opposition parties also marching towards Islamabad ahead of the vote of no-confidence against PM Imran Khan.
“Today is a battle for Pakistan […] and not for PTI, it’s a battle for the future of our nation,” Prime Minister Imran Khan had said in a message issued hours before the gathering.