Countries do Not Progress Unless Leaders are Accountable: PM

15th January 2021: Prime Minister Imran Khan, to a question, said until the leaders are held accountable and answerable under the rule of law, the country cannot achieve progress and prosperity.

“If a prime minister indulges in corruption and destroys the country, how can you expect from the officers at lower strata to work with honesty”, he remarked.

He said most of the rich countries, which follow the rule of law, are progressing and prospering, whereas those with corrupt leaders and corrupt practices are among the poorest nations.

To a query, the Prime Minister said that contrary to the bloody revolution like that of Iran, which was quick, he was pursuing the slow-process revolution, which came through ballots, to reform the country and the society. To another question, Imran Khan remarked that the political families of Sharifs and Bhuttos had been enjoying the country’s rule for the last 35 years turn after turn and when questioned about their assets they said they were not accountable and answerable.

“This is the first parliament, which is running without diesel,” the Prime Minister remarked, and added that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who had been part of every government in the past, was not able to answer questions about his properties.

To another query, he said seeking amendment in 34 clauses of NAB (National Accountability Bureau) Law during the legislation on FATF (Financial Action Task Force) by the opposition in writing was actually an NRO. He said the NROs given by General Retd Pervez Musharraf to the PPP and the PML-N was a big hit to the economy and its effects are still being faced by the poor due to a four time increase in the country’s debt.

To a question about the revelations of UK asset recovery firm Broadsheet regarding the money laundering of Sharif family, Imran Khan said his government would officially approach the firm to get the details.

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