‘It’s unfortunate to see CJP and a convict invited to same event’, says Imran Khan

Says when a nation's morals die, that nation dies

  • PM launches four new projects for uplift of youth

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said it was ‘unfortunate’ to see that the Chief Justice of Pakistan and a ‘convict’ who absconded the country were invited to speak at the same event.

The remarks were made at the Kamyab Jawan Convention 2021 held here – days after a controversy was created after PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif’s address via a video link at the Asma Jahangir Conference in Lahore.

Khan said that at a function in Lahore the chief justice and Supreme Court judges were invited at a function.

“And who addresses that event? A man who has been convicted by the Supreme Court and who has absconded from the country,” remarked the prime minister, terming it as ‘unfortunate’.

Khan believed that a nation is destroyed when it stopped considering looting money a bad thing. “When a nation’s morals die, that nation dies,” he asserted.

“No one can wipe out a nation if its morality is intact,” he remarked.

Terming the recent alleged audio clip of former CJP Mian Saqib Nisar as a ‘drama’, the premier said that it was necessary to understand where this started.

He said a country where its prime minister and ministers start stealing and taking public funds abroad and the country’s people are not poor because of a lack of resources, they become poor when government officials start stealing from the people. Such a country can never progress, he added.

Commenting on the Panama Papers data leak, the premier said that the investigation revealed that PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz owned four flats in London.

“Where did this money for the apartments come from?” he argued.

“You may call the courts bad, you may call the army bad and I have already been dubbed as bad … But answer from where did you get the money to buy those apartments,” remarked Khan.

The prime minister went on to say that he had been dragged to the court over an apartment he owned in the United Kingdom when he was playing cricket and held no public office.

“I submitted all the details to the court,” he said, pointing out that he had bought the apartment when he was a cricketer and not a public office holder. “Yet, I produced all the receipts, but they (PML-N leaders) lied in the National Assembly (regarding their assets).”

The prime minister lauched four new projects for the uplift of the youth at the on the occasion. The projects include Kamyab Jawan Markaz, Kamyab Jawan Green Youth Movement, Kamyab Jawan Innovation League and Kamyab Jawan Talent Hunt Youth Sports League.

The prime minister said such projects gave the people an opportunity to develop skills, get loans to start the businesses and “change their lives”.

Sharing his experiences and difficulties he had faced throughout his career in cricket, politics and philanthropy, he said he was able to overcome all the challenges through hard work and because he dreamed big.

The premier also said that when he started his political journey 25 years ago, he found corruption to be the country’s biggest problem.

“There was a corrupt system in place and that’s why it is taking longer to make things right,” he said, adding that the this nation, however, had great potential and was on its way to rise and “become something that was beyond imagination”.

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