CHITRAL: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that it is the first time that big crooks are being questioned over corruption in the country’s history.
Speaking to supporters in Chitral he said “this is your money that they have looted”. The PTI chief was in Chitral where he inaugurated a small-scale hydroelectric power supply scheme.
Referring to the ongoing Panama case investigation, he said the Sharifs are being held accountable by the joint investigation team. Khan said the Sharifs laundered money after stealing it from public funds, and now make ‘innocent faces’ when asked for explanations.
“Now the princess [Maryam] has been summoned and they are making a huge hue and cry. Have you forgotten about Benazir Bhutto?” he asked.
It was owing to Imran’s visit that he failed to appear in the Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday to submit his reply in a contempt petition against him.
“God will bless the country in the coming days” he said in a reference to Panama case.
Addressing his supporters, he said there are three major problems facing the nation: water, health facilities and electricity
“You will be surprised to know most children die in Pakistan because of drinking contaminated water. This is extremely shameful for us. He said the situation is even worse in Karachi where the Tankers Mafia was minting money as the state has failed to provide water to the citizens.
Providing a basic necessity for the people is our policy. This is the right of the people. This is the responsibility of the government,” he said.
The electricity produced in the country is really expensive because it is made with imported fuel paid for by dollars which leads to taking international loans, he explained. “To return those loans we have to tax our people. If this tax wasn’t there then things would be relatively cheaper,” he added.
Khan stated that Pakistan was either importing fuel or using coal for its electricity which was also harmful since it caused pollution.
“Our future is dependent on hydroelectricity. In the 1960’s when we relied on hydroelectricity, the prices of electricity were the lowest and there was no load-shedding,” he claimed.
Referring to clean drinking water, the PTI chief said Shah Farman, provincial minister has now started delivering and the PKP government has made 55 micro hydel projects in Chitral as against the target of more than 200. He said the PTI govt has made feasibilities of more than 1000 micro hydel stations.
He praised the people of Chitral for electing MNA from Pervez Musharraf’s l Pakistan Muslim League saying that the people voted for him for Lowari tunnel project which Musharraf completed.
He also appreciated the MPA, KPK assembly Ms zia who he said represented people of Chitral well. He said the PTI wants to empower women so that they could work with men shoulder to shoulder for the development of the country.