Asks leaders of opposition parties ‘are you ready for what I will do with you’ after vote of confidence

MAILSI   -  Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday lashed out at the leaders of opposition parties over their plans to bring in no-trust move and warned them to get ready for what he would do when they fail because his ‘government enjoys support of all its allies.’

“I am fully prepared for everything,” the prime minister said while addressing a large public gathering here in the city on Sunday afternoon. During his speech, PM Imran Khan came down hard on his opponents while hurling jibes at each of them including Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

PM Imran Khan also announced to table a bill in the National Assembly for creation of separate province of the South Punjab. He said the federal government will spend additional 500 billion rupees for the development of South Punjab.

The prime minister said that he had entered into politics some 25 years back to confront these ‘corrupt elements’ and would continue to face them. He said that he was fully prepared to tackle the moves made by what he said ‘a bunch of thieves.’

“I came into politics 25 years ago to fight against them. I will fight and face them and I am fully prepared,” he said. I say to the gang of thieves; Are you ready for what I will do with you once your plans for a no-confidence motion fail?”

He went on to say that a clique of dacoits who had plundered the country, has now gathered to save their skins by touting to bring in a no confidence motion against his government. The prime minister dared them to introduce the no-confidence motion in the Parliament, declaring that after its failure, they would have to face the consequences.

‘People behind move for no-confidence’

The prime minister said the people behind the move for no-confidence were Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman. He said Nawaz Sharif had been convicted by the Supreme Court and now he has been an absconder sitting abroad. With his ‘Bollywood acting’ and requests regarding his health issues, he went abroad, he said, adding “Whether a timid can be a leader who had fled the country twice!”

He said the thrice elected prime minister of the country had been living in luxurious and palatial houses in UK and when he was asked to explain the sources of his ill-gotten pelf and properties, he disowned them, telling that these belonged to his children who were not the citizens of Pakistan.

‘Mr 10 percent’

The prime minister said that the two families of Sharif and Zardari had plundered the country during the last 30 years. Referring to alleged corruption of Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister said an amount of Rs3.75 billion was detected in the account of his servant and peon Maqsood.

Shehbaz Sharif would have to give answers to the criminal charges, if he had earned the money in fair means, it would have been deposited in his accounts rather than landing in his servant’s accounts, he opined. The prime minister said during Benazir Bhutto’s first tenure, her spouse Zardari earned the notoriety of Mr. 10 per cent across the world.

The newspapers and books contained stories of their untamed corruption, even BBC had released a documentary over their corruption, he said, adding both families framed corruption cases against each other. Similarly, in the national assembly, Zardari also denied owning Surrey Palace and

$60 million dollars Swiss accounts, but when he got NROs, these assets were embezzled.

The two families had burdened Pakistan with whopping Rs30,000 billion debts during ten years of their rule, he added.

‘Fazlu and diesel permits’

Now, this group of vested interests had gathered, claiming that situation in Pakistan was not good.

The prime minister called Maulana Fazlur Rehman as Fazlu, and said that he would not call him as ‘Maulana’ an epitaph used for the learned and respected persons, as the leader of JUI-F had bargained over diesel permits.

The prime minister said Fazlur Rehman had brought seminaries pupils to Islamabad by misleading them against Imran Khan. He said in the presence of such clique of dacoits, no one was required to conspire against his government.

The two former ruling families never muster the courage to question these gross violations of the international laws, he said, adding they never felt ashamed over such drone attacks targeting innocent families in the tribal areas.

‘Revival of the economy’

About his government’s efforts for the revival of the economy, he said it gave him immense pleasure that the farmers’ community had earned huge profits due to the agriculture-friendly steps. He linked farmers’ prosperity with the country’s progress.

Sharing details, he said a farmer earned Rs40,000 to Rs50,000 profit on per acre yield of maize, on wheat the profit soared to Rs25,000-30,000 per acre, the price of cotton had been doubled, bringing a profit of Rs 70,000-80,000 to the farmers on per acre crop.

The prime minister said that about 100,000 tons urea imported from China would reach the country within a week. The government provided Rs 132 billion subsidy over the provision of urea when compared with the rest of the world.

The prime minister said his government faced huge challenges including the financial constraints inherited from the past groups of thieves and the Covid pandemic.

But the world acknowledged that Pakistan had been among the three countries of the world that steered through the global pandemic by saving its economy and the people.

The prime minister also mentioned the global surging price hike of commodities, saying the inflation had been at the historic peak in the US, UK, Turkey and Germany.

During PPP tenure from 2008-13 the price hike was higher when compared with the present situation, he said, assuring that the government was taking all measures to avoid burdening the masses.

The prime minister said they had generated historic revenues collection which enabled them to reduce prices of petroleum products by Rs 10 per liter and Rs5 per power unit.

In a veiled reference to Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister said that if he was able to retrieve the looted money from the absconder sitting in UK, he would reduce the prices of these items by halve.

The prime minister announced that they would bring a bill in the National Assembly regarding South Punjab province which would be a test for both PPP and PML-N whether they would support it or not, as their moves would further expose them before masses, he observed.

The prime minister further announced that the federal government had decided to spend Rs500 billion more on South Punjab.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Minister for Industries Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtyar and Aurangzeb Kitchi, PTI legislator from the area also addressed the gathering.