Prime Minister Imran Khan has hit out at Nawaz Sharif, saying the sons of the incarcerated former premier had approached two foreign countries to intervene and help him reach a compromise with the incumbent government.
PM Imran made the remarks during an interview with a private news channel along with his finance adviser Hafeez Shaikh and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi.
Nawaz, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo, is currently serving a seven-year sentence handed to him by an accountability court in the Al-Azizia reference.
The prime minister also said that the two countries, which he did not name, passed on the message sent by the three-time premier’s sons Hussain and Hassan Nawaz. “They told me we know where you stand on this and will not even try to interfere into the matter,” he added.
In-line with the ongoing accountability drive, he said, the government would begin seizing Benami accounts and properties of politicians in the country from tomorrow (Tuesday). “They had purchased large properties in the name of others….. we are now going to bring an end to this once and for all.”
The premier went on to say that the Benami Act has now been rolled out for politicians.
Talking about opposition leaders calling him ‘selected prime minister’ in and outside parliament, PM Imran said: “I don’t care if anyone calls me ‘selected’ or anything else…. My theory is straightforward and I would like to tell it to him [Bilawal Bhutto], because he knows English better [than Urdu]: ‘Mind over matter: I don’t mind and they [who use the word] don’t matter.”
Premier Imran said that he was elected by the people of Pakistan and would never succumb to any strong-arm tactics of any foreign country. With the prime minister set to meet US President Donald Trump in July, PM Imran has vowed to never compromise on Pakistan’s interests in dialogue with the United States.
He said the government would try its best to ensure that Washington and Tehran avoid armed conflict amid heightened tensions between the two countries. He added that a war between the two nations would be detrimental for the entire region.
Premier Imran said the opposition is crying foul over the government’s economic policies and accountability drive is tantamount to a thief, saying where has all the wealth gone. The prime minister also warned Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz that there is no foreign pressure on him for their release.