Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday lamented the fact that the widespread corruption had crippled national institutions.
“Corrupt rulers siphon abroad public money. This culture of looting people’s money makes the rich richer and the poor poorer,” Imran told party activists in Peshawar at the launch of his party’s agitation campaign, Tehreek-i- Ehtesab, against the government.
The PTI chief regretted that the institutions which were meant to hold those in power accountable were in fact aiding them. “The NAB should have taken action against Nawaz Sharif. Why does the institution not ask him where his billions of rupees worth property came from,” he asked.
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“The FBR does not impugn the big fish but the common man is made to pay heavy taxes,” the PTI leader added.
Imran urged the people to raise their voice against corruption, claiming the PTI’s accountability campaign will meet its logical end. “I will stand by the people till Nawaz Sharif is held accountable [for his alleged offshore wealth].”
Assailing the government for its alleged corruption, the PTI chairman warned that it was just the start of the agitation which would go a long way. “This is just the trailer, the match is about to begin,” he said.
The PTI chief is expected to address his supporters across five stopovers on the Grand Trunk Road and make his final speech in Khairabad, Attock, at 7pm.
In response to PTI’s protest call, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s K-P chapter has also announced a show of political strength in the provincial capital. The party’s district president said just like Imran’s 2013 dharna, this protest would also meet the same fate.
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Bilawal wishes good luck to protesters
Meanwhile, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his support for PTI’s accountability campaign by wishing “good luck” to those taking part in Tehreek-e-Ehtesab.
“Democratic right to protest should be encouraged not punished,” Bilawal tweeted on Sunday.
Good luck to those protesting 4 #Tehreek_e_Ehtesab democratic right to protest should be encouraged not punished. 1/2— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) August 7, 2016
The opposition party leader said Panama Papers has exposed the corruption of PM Nawaz and his government should accept the joint opposition’s terms of references (TORs) for accountability.
#PanamaPapers, worlds largest corruption scandal, has exposed Sharif's corruption. Govt must accept oppositions TORs or face the music. 2/2— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) August 7, 2016
In May this year, leaked documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca showed several world leaders including the premier’s three children –Hassan, Hussain and daughter Maryam – owning offshore holding companies registered in the British Virgin Islands.
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