Will not seek fresh mandate from the people PM Nawaz
On Thursday, 6th July 2017, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif said that the PML-N was not going to take a fresh mandate from the people of the country as the people had already given his party a five-year term to serve them.
The premier while referring to the ongoing investigation by the joint investigation team (JIT), said there was no threat to democracy from him.
The PM said that a mandate for a five year term had been given to him by the nation, they had reposed trust in him and firmly believed in the development oriented policies of his.
The PM told the journalists who were accompanying him on his two day visit to Tajikistan, “We just want to see what sort of report the joint investigation team presents to the Supreme Court bench. It is not only my desire but also that of the entire nation that the Panama issue should be resolved once for all.” The PM said that he expected a favorable decision from the court.
In an apparent reference to Imran Khan and his party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaanf without taking names the PM said “I am not boasting, I will settle accounts with those who conspired against us and became part of every conspiracy, but they could cause no damage to us. They can’t harm us this time to.”
In an Answer to a question, the PM said, “We will decide our future plan after the JIT report. Several party leaders were of the view that we should take a fresh mandate while some others wanted to continue as per the mandate already given to the PML-N. If we go for snap polls, the people will elect us again because our hands are clean.”
When the PM was questioned about the way to overcome the present crisis, the PM asked the questioner to find out the solution to the prevailing problem.
PM Nawaz Sharif said “We tried to have talks with political parties to improve the political conditions of the country, but their agenda was to create instability”
During the interview the premier avoided answering questions with regards to the Supreme Court and the JIT. however, he said: “What are we being held accountable for? We should be told what corruption we have committed. Have we received commissions and kickbacks? I have raised these questions before the JIT. Maryam has also asked them the same questions.”
The PM said that the people will again vote for his party in 2018 as they were aware of his ability to deliver and bring about a sea change in their lives.
In reply to a question about the ongoing questioning by the JIT of his family members, the prime minister said, “There is nothing to fear as our hands are clean.” The premier again asked, “What are the allegations against me? Have I looted the national exchequer?”
While referring to himself, PM Nawaz said that the person who had made this country a nuclear power was being held accountable. He regretted the fact that his family business matters were being exploited for political gains.
He said conspiracies had been hatched against his government time and again and expressed optimism that this time too his opponents would fail miserably.
“I have never accepted defeat. We faced the 2014 sit-in, another round in 2016 and will sail through this crisis too,” he vowed.
The prime minister added that his family had been victimized by Pervez Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto, he further added that the PM’s family units had been nationalised in 1972 while not a single penny was given.
He lamented that “Even then we are being held accountable, Our accountability has been going on since 1972 when I was not even a chief minister or prime minister” Nawaz Sharif averred.
The Prime Minister added that the prevailing uncertainty had affected all facades of the Pakistan including a negative impact on the country’s economy, stock exchange market was crashing and rupee was devaluing, adding the people were worried over these uncertain circumstances.
The PM Regarding his visit to Tajikistan, said that it had opened up new vistas of cooperation with the Central Asian Republics while his dream of regional connectivity and economic interaction were finally taking shape.
PM Nawaz Sharif added that he has had a positive interaction with the leaders of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. The PM said that there was a vast scope of investment by Pakistani investors in Tajikistan as the country needed infrastructure and industrial units to strengthen its economy.
The PM added that Pakistan also provided the shortest possible route to the Central Asian Republics to the sea and the rest of the world. But, without peace and stability in Afghanistan, little progress could be made and the region could remain in turmoil, he added.
Pakistan had always made earnest efforts for improvement in ties with all its neighbours said the PM, he added that Pakistan was particularly keen for better relations with Afghanistan as their economic prosperity was closely interlinked.
The PM also added that during his talks he also apprised the leaders of the regional countries of the gross human rights violations which were being committed by India in the Occupied Kashmir.
Prime Minister Nawaz said that due to the oppression and atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir, the relations between Pakistan and India had deteriorated. The premier reiterated that India should cease atrocities in the occupied valley and try to work towards solution to the Kashmir problem.
During the visit the PM also met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and discussed with him matters of mutual interest. In response to the allegations levelled by Kabul, the premier said that his country does not interfere in Afghan matters. The two countries also exchanged lists related to terrorists.
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