ICMD, MAy 1, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday hit out at the opposition saying that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) came into power through its own performance rather than help from any army general.

“No General Jilani brought the PTI up,” he said, while addressing a convention to mark the 22nd anniversary of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the federal capital. “It’s been over two decades since PTI was founded and we need to understand what this struggle was about. Struggle is never a straight journey, there are highs and lows. People get disheartened and leave you, [and] some come back,” he said. “I had nothing to gain from politics. I had everything a person could have – wealth, fame, respect. I could have spent my life just by commenting on cricket,” he said. “But a man of faith knows he has to answer to the God. The more you receive [from God], the more responsibility you have [towards society],” he added.

He reiterated that under no circumstances would a deal be struck with the opposition parties, adding that the accountability proceedings will continue. “They have joined hands to save themselves from accountability, but I won’t give them any sort of relief despite all their efforts and conspiracies,” he said. “Let them do whatever they can, I won’t give them any NRO,” he asserted. “Nawaz Sharif has asked for permission to travel abroad for treatment. Isn’t it then the right of every other prisoner to go abroad for treatment?” he asked. “In Naya Pakistan, laws are same for everyone,” he maintained. -- DT

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