BAGH - Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Monday said that he would empower the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) so much so that no influential person would be able to evade accountability.

Addressing a public rally in Bagh, Azad Kashmir, Imran said the people of Kashmir have faced many hardships in the past, adding that the whole region cannot be at peace until the issue of Kashmir gets resolved.

He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instead of raising voice for the people of Kashmir is doing business with the Indians. He stated that he stands with the people of Kashmir and will raise voice for them on every forum.

The PTI chairman said that the first institution that shall be improved in Azad Kashmir shall be the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), adding that there shall be justice for all and no discrimination shall be made.

“We would show it to everyone how corruption is eradicated from here as some of the most corrupt mafias are based in Azad Kashmir. “Our NAB would not even spare PTI AJK president, Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry and his relatives,” he said. “The real accountability is carried out precisely in accordance with law and it does not let anyone escape,” he added.

The PTI chairman said by the grace of Almighty Allah, the country is rich with mineral resources and it has huge reservoirs of gold, oil, gas and coal.

He cited example of United Kingdom (UK) for good governance, where the institutions function according to the law and on merit.

“The poor in UK is provided free legal assistance, no one can be subjected to atrocities there, while the police department is also free of political interference,” the skipper told. “As long as a citizen is unemployed in Britain, he is given allowance by the government.”

Criticising the prime minister, Imran said nations do not make progress by construction of arteries and motorways.

Noting that Rs200 billion are being spent on Orange Train project covering a distance of 27 km in Lahore, the PTI chief said was not it better to spend this amount on education of children and health sectors.

He went on to say that Nawaz Sharif has ‘build projects to make money’ as his motto, questioning, “Why would not a cricketer go for match-fixing, when the prime minister of his country himself is involved in corruption.”

He stated that the Mayfair flats in the United Kingdom were purchased through the public s money. He added that the condition of institutions within the country has to be improved. He further said that a thief cannot do accountability of another thief.

Imran said that those who destroy institutions cannot improve them, adding that the West is advanced than Pakistan as the countries there provide numerous benefits to the people and the decisions there are made on the basis of merit.

He stated that a great portion of money in Great Britain is spent upon public welfare.

He said that the country will prosper when money is spent for the betterment of people. Imran said that Pakistan has been blessed with many weathers and numerous natural resources which are not even available to many advanced countries. He said that countries like Germany and Japan were devastated after the Second World War but they recovered as they made the right choices.