Letting Nawaz go abroad was a big mistake: Imran

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday admitted that the government made a mistake by allowing PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment.

He expressed these views while addressing a public meeting in Mandi Bahauddin. During his speech, the prime minister launched a scathing attack against the opposition and vowed to not let them off the hook until they returned the looted wealth.

“First it was one disease, then another, then platelets,” he said referring to Nawaz’s ailments, adding that the government was under the impression that he would not survive for long. “I accept we made a big mistake by allowing him [Nawaz] to travel abroad.”

He noted that the PML-N supremo used to visit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the past and ask the PTI where the ‘Naya KP’ was. “In the 2018 election, the province elected PTI on a two-third majority for second time.”

Referring to the opposition as a “gang of thieves”, the premier also lashed out at Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman. He said that the JUI-F chief was gathering the opposition and after every three months called for toppling the PTI government.

“The biggest reason for this is that after 30 years the country’s assembly is functioning without diesel. It is running on solar [power],” he said, referring to the fact that the Maulana was not part of the National Assembly.

He claimed that the opposition was afraid, adding that the JUI-F chief was urging the opposition to oust the PTI government as he sensed that it would come into power once again in 2023.

He also accused the opposition of scrambling to move a no-confidence motion against the government in an effort to save its looted wealth. “Why is there haste in moving a no-trust move?” he asked, noting that PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif was currently facing a money laundering reference.

“Shehbaz, if you are innocent, then why do you ask the courts for more time? Ask them to conduct day-to-day hearings.”

Imran Khan went on to say that when the opposition had filed a case against him in the Supreme Court, he had stayed in the country and had proved that he was sadiq and ameen (honest and righteous).

“I provided the documents the court asked for. I did not run away [or] ask for more dates. I told them to listen to the case [day-to-day].

Turning his guns on PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, he said that she was also “scared” due to the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case and was trying to “scare judges”.

 

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