ISLAMABAD: Addressing the largest gathering of Pakistani-American in the United States early Monday, Prime Minster Imran Khan said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s vision was to turn the country into a welfare state on the pattern of Riyasat-i-Madina.
“Principles of the state of Madina were compassion, justice, rule of law, and looking after the women, children and elderly,” Imran Khan said while addressing the massive crowd at Capital One Arena in Washington DC, ahead of his one-on-one meeting with US President Donald Trump.
As the public meeting was underway, hashtag #PMIKJalsaInUSA climbed to number one spot in ‘Worldwide trends’ on Twitter. While in Pakistan, all the top 10 trends were regarding the prime minister’s US visit. The venue had a seating capacity of 20,000, but several thousands more jam-packed the arena, making this the largest gathering of overseas Pakistanis in the country.
PM Imran said in ‘Naya Pakistan’ everyone was accountable and there could not be two separate laws for rich and poor.
He said Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Fazlur Rehman, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Pakistan Muslim League-N had collaborated and they wanted NRO from him.
However, Imran Khan said, come rain or shine, they would have to return the money they stole from the national exchequer. He said they were trying every effort to exert pressure on him to get NRO.
On economic front, he said in a matter of a half year Pakistan would get out of the difficult times. Nevertheless, he said that all the traders and people would have to pay taxes.
The PM also announced to end the facilities being provided to the elite criminals, saying that most of the Pakistani population did not have facilities of AC and television, therefore deposed PM Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Zardari should also not be granted those in jail. “When I go back to Pakistan, I am ending these facilities,” he said.
He said the simple way of getting out of jail was to give back the money.
The premier said merit and equality for all was vision of Naya Pakistan where level playing field would be provided to every citizen. He said democracy had flourished because of meritocracy and accountability.
Talking about the debt of the country, he said Pakistan was looted by the previous governments and its debt raised from Rs6000 billion to Rs30,000 billion rupees in just last 10 years. He said the PTI government inherited huge debt and the national institutions were sinking in loss.
He said in Naya Pakistan public office holders were being held accountable. “This is the real change and our country will become a welfare state.”
The Prime Minister reiterated that he would not give NRO to plunderers and showed firm resolve to carry forward the process of accountability without being subdued to any pressure or blackmailing.
He said government had reached agreements with different countries on the basis of which it would bring back the looted money stashed abroad. He said the National Accountability Bureau, FIA and other institutions were independent.
“There are three parallel education systems in Pakistan, PTI government is striving to bring uniform syllabus so that every person can have an equal opportunity,” he said. He said students of Madrasas will also be brought into mainstream.
Imran Khan said Pakistan was blessed with minerals but the thing hindered us from their exploration was corruption. He said international companies were well aware of the treasures but they were reluctant to come to Pakistan for fear of embezzlement.
He said that he had given direction to investigate Reko Diq case in which Pakistan was fined by the World Bank.
The Prime Minister said his stance on Afghan solution was being endorsed today and world had understood that there was no military solution for the issue. He pledged that Pakistan would transform and rise every year.