Imran terms ex-CJP’s alleged audio clip a ‘drama’

Thursday, Nov 25, 2021

By News Desk

ISLAMABAD: Terming the alleged audiotape of former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar a “drama”, Prime Minister Imran Khan said PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were maligning state institutions to hide their “corruption”.

Speaking at the Kamyab Jawan Convention here, he said instead of giving any evidence about the sources of money used for purchasing flats in London, PML-N supremo and his daughter Maryam Nawaz were attacking the country’s state institutions.

The Prime Minister criticised Nawaz Sharif’s speech via video link at the Asma Jahangir Conference held recently in Lahore, in which Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and other judges were invited. “It is unfortunate that in a conference where the Chief Justice and judges of the Supreme Court are invited, who delivers a speech there? A person who has been convicted by the Supreme Court and has fled the country after lying,” he said.

Referring to the surfacing of alleged tapes of some judges, Khan said after coming into politics 25 years ago, he had stated that Pakistan’s biggest problem was corruption. “In a country where prime minister and ministers indulge in corruption and take the money abroad, it is destroyed,” he said and added nations do not get destroyed due to paucity of resources but due to corruption of leaders and the country could not move ahead.

Recounting the events after Panama Papers leaks in 2016, the Prime Minister said the court heard the case, a JIT (Joint Investigation Team) was constituted and Nawaz Sharif was convicted. But, he added, instead of telling the source of funding for the flats, first the mantra of “Mujhay Keun Nikala” started and then they started “abusing” state institutions and him (Imran Khan).

The Prime Minister referred to his court case of flat in London and said despite the fact he was not a public office holder or a politician but he presented 40 years of his property record. “On the contrary, Nawaz Sharif first told lies in National Assembly, then came the Qatari letter and the Calibri font. They have not so far presented even a single paper [of evidence] about the financial source of flats,” he remarked.

The Prime Minister said when corruption was not considered a crime, it destroyed the nations. Vowing to make Pakistan a great nation, he called for adopting high moral standards and checking corruption to achieve progress and prosperity.

At the Kamyab Jawan Convention, the Prime Minister launched four new projects for the uplift of the youth. The projects include Kamyab Jawan Markaz, Kamyab Jawan, Green Youth Movement Kamyab Jawan Innovation League and Kamyab Jawan Talent Hunt Youth Sports League. Khan said such projects give the people an opportunity to develop skills, get loans to start the businesses and change their lives.