Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday (March 8) while addressing his first rally post the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) election win in poverty-stricken Tharparkar, said government would not let any armed groups function in Pakistan and was committed to implementing the National Action Plan (NAP).
“Under the NAP we will not permit any armed group in Pakistan. No country does this. This was decided by all the parties of Pakistan. Since our government came into power, we have decided that we will implement the NAP. Pakistan’s soil will not be allowed to be used for terrorism.” While talking about peace situation after Indian attempt of retaliation, PM Khan said , “We returned the pilot because we don’t want war. We decided that if you [India] have casualties in Pulwama we are willing to provide help. However, no one should mistake this for fear.”
The prime minister added that the main focus of his government was to eliminate poverty. “When I spoke to Modi after becoming PM, I said South Asia has the highest rate of poverty and we should resolve issues through dialogue. But I did not know that as soon as their election campaign began, their purpose was to gain votes by spreading hate.”
During his address he also indirectly referred to Pakistan Peoples Part chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and said he became a leader by changing his name from Zardari to Bhutto. Leaders are made from struggle and stand on an ideology.
Commenting on Bilawal’s speech in the National Assembly he said “The English spoken by Bilawal was not understood by people in the Assembly as well, especially the members of PML-N and JUI. They were so stressed after listening to it that the prayed in the wrong direction.” “General Musharraf under US pressure gave NRO to your father. You got money in the Swiss Banks as part of the NRO….If at that time you would have taken a U-turn form corruption you would not be facing the courts.”
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17 November, 2019