Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday said the ‘dacoit leaders’ of the opposition parties, who had looted the national exchequer during their tenures, had ganged up in a fear of getting sentenced on their cases of corruption.
“The opposition leaders, who had earlier boasted to ‘tear up each other’s bellies to recover looted money have now joined hands before any verdict is announced on their pending corruption cases,” he said, in his address at the launch of National Health Card Programme in Faisalabad Division.
Imran Khan said his undeterred stance against corruption had put the opposition in a haste to save the corrupt mafia. He said Asif Ali Zardari had emerged on the scene with a ‘checkbook to buy loyalties of other parties’.
“This is a loud and clear message to all corrupt leaders that I will continue to fight against them,” he said, adding that the country could not prosper until the weak and powerful were equally treated before the law. He said he had joined politics 25 years ago to wage a war against corrupt people and vowed to ensure rule of law in the country.
He quoted the saying of Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) who had said that many earlier nations were destroyed where there was one law for the powerful and another for the weak. The prime minister said the foundation of prosperity and development of a nation was closely linked with rule of law.
Imran said previous rulers of the country used to visit abroad “even for the treatment of their cough”, but showed apathy towards the improvement of the health system for the people.
Referring to the criticism of Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto of the government’s national health card scheme, Imran said his party in its tenure remained incapable of bringing development in Sindh. “He [Bilawal] now says that they will spend on hospitals rather than the health cards. But, who stopped them during their over 13-year rule to take such steps for the facilitation of common man,” he questioned.