ISLAMABAD (Dec 22, 2018) — Pakistan’s newly elected premier Imran Khan says he will accept opposition’s every demand but won’t back down from accountability–eliminating corruption, establishing rule of law and accountability across the board has been his battle-cry during his runup to power.
Khan said on Saturday he has directed his party to agree with every reasonable demand of the opposition, but not to compromise the party’s key mandate for accountability for all.
“We will let them [opposition] do anything they want, but we will never allow the accountability process be derailed,” he said. “The prospects of our future generations is at stake here.”
Speaking at a ceremony marking completion of first 100 days of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Punjab government, the premier said there is a drama going on in the national assembly (lower house) where the opposition is accusing the government of political victimization.
“We haven’t made any case. The probe is going on in the cases filed during the previous tenure,” he said. “I told the party leaders to issue Saad Rafique’s production orders, agree on Shehbaz Sharif’s appointment as Public Accounts Committee chairman, but don’t back down from accountability.”
The premier said national security will remain under threat until and unless action against corrupt elements is taken.
“Stiff action against corruption is important for our future generations. Opposition can’t tell us to back off from accountability,” the prime minister said.
He said he entered politics 22 years ago to launch a movement against corruption, adding that there is a sad precedent in the country in which people come in government to make money and later use assembly as a shield to protect this wealth.
The country’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is an independent entity of the state which serves as the main plank to punish individuals found involved in white collar crimes.
On Monday, the accountability court will announce its much-awaited verdict in the Al-Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment related corruption references against former premier Nawaz Sharif.
Sharif maintains that NAB could not present any evidence proving that he had established the two steel businesses in Jeddah while in exile.