LAHORE – In an obvious reference to the powerful military establishment, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Wednesday claimed that he was rendered powerless during his three and half year’s tenure as the prime minister of Pakistan.
“Here, the responsibility was mine, but someone else wielded the real power,” he said without naming anybody while talking to journalists belonging to the electronic media here. The former prime minister said that he was the prime minister but remained merely a figurehead throughout his tenure as nothing was under his control. The PTI chairman maintained that if he had got even half the power in three and a half years, he would have competed with Sher Shah Suri, a famous Indian ruler of 16thcentury.
“We would nab the tax defaulters of billions of rupees, but they would approach certain powers, and get scot-free”, he said, adding: “When there is rule of law, the society is prosperous”. Khan said that it was while being in the government that he found out that billions of rupees of Pakistanis were lying outside the country. I also came to realise while in the government that “We lose our freedom for IMF dollars”.
Later, while addressing an ISF convention here, the PTI chairman recalled that in the sixties, the world would give examples Pakistan’s development because it was then competing with Singapore. The American president would come to receive a Pakistani president at the airport”,
He said Pakistan had nothing at the time of independence. When a nation is formed, it is not difficult to collect money”, he added. Talking about his early life, Imran told the students that when he was a teenager, he used to pray that he should not live beyond thirty years. “And when I turned forty from thirty, that age was better. Each ten years became better than the previous life because I accepted the challenge. The moment a sportsman stops accepting challenges, the life stops for him. Now hardly any man at the age of seventy accepts a challenge in life When the challenge ends your life ends”, he said.
He said it was a pity when a nation stops working hard and taking challenges and becomes a beggar. “When the people give up struggle, they lose their respect”, he added.
He went on to say: “I had a very easy life when I was playing cricket. I used to comment on cricket and used to get big money. Every ten years, I got better. I kept challenging myself; You get retired where your life stops. The moment your challenge ends your life ends. Even now, I see some players who are there where they were thirty years ago.”
He said that it were the students who led revolutions and because the frontrunners in every movement. “When big revolutions come, when societies are formed, when the destiny of a nation is formed, it’s students become its first runners. You have to go to every university and college and distribute pamphlets about PTI’s struggle. The message has to be taken in the colleges and universities;
He said thieves had been imposed on the country. Now, another criminal has been made the governor of Sindh”, he added. Also, addressing a workers’ convention at Sharqpur, the PTI chairman said that he did not want to have an army chief, a judge, a chairman NAB or the IG of his choice because he had not indulged in any corruption. He maintained that he wanted all the key postings to be made on merit.
Meanwhile, The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday granted protective bail to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan till October 18 in the prohibited funding case.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the application filed by former prime minister Imran Khan seeking protective bail in FIR registered by Federal Investigation Agency against him in prohibited funding scam.
Additional Attorney General Munawar Dogal argued that the petition of protective bail could be heard only when the matter belongs to the other province.
The chief justice remarked that the special court should have heard the bail case, adding that if there was an issue then this court was granting protective bail till that time.
Earlier, Imran’s lawyer Suleman Safdar Advocate contended that there was a risk of arrest of his client. He said that prohibited funding case should have been heard by special judge central. The advocate prayed the court to grant his client protective bail so that he could file bail petition to the concerned forum.__The Nation