Prime Minister Imran Khan at Tiger Force Convention
Prime Minister Imran Khan at Tiger Force Convention

APP Digital Small logoISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday while strongly reacting to the offensive language used by Nawaz Sharif against the military leadership, said he would ensure that Nawaz was brought back from his London hideout and placed with common prisoners, and not the VVIP jail, he was in.

“Now I will do my best to bring you back and put you in common prison, not a VVIP one. Those who loot few hundreds of thousand rupees stay in common prison but those who laundered billions and their children live in apartments, worth billions, stay in a VVIP jail. Come back and see where I will put you,” the prime minister said in his address to the Tiger Force Convention here.

Nawaz Sharif who was convicted by an accountability court in Dec 2018 and sentenced seven year jail-term in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference and also fined Rs1.5 billion and US $25 million. A disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office was part of the sentences. However he was provided a fully furnished room with a television, air conditioner and attached bathroom.

Describing Friday’s public gathering of 11-member opposition coalition – Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) in Gujranwala a “circus” the prime minister also requested the courts and National Accountability Bureau to conclude corruption cases against Sharif Family and Asif Zardari without any delay as the people were yearning to get back their looted money.

He assured both the institutions of fullest logistics support to dispose of the said cases and also announced that he would be activating all the institutions under him to arrest the looters.

“I know whose game he is playing … He is trying to create rift between government and the army”

He said Nawaz Sharif’s verbal attack against Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Director General Inter Services Intelligence Lt General Faiz Hameed were in fact an attempt to get cheap popularity in the Indian and Israeli lobbies.

“I understand whose game he is playing. I have full intelligence (reports). For me it makes no difference who is the army chief now just because I have not laundered money … He is trying to create rift between government and the army,” the prime minister said in an aggressive tone.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri, Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs Usman Dar, SAPM on Overseas Pakistan Zulfiqar Bukhari, SAPM Shahbaz Gill, senior party leadership attended the mega event attended by thousands of the volunteers from across the country.

 

“So far, the opposition has seen just one Imran Khan. This is Naya Imran Khan after yesterday’s speech by a ‘jackal’. Now they will see a different Imran Khan,” he said while announcing that no more production orders would be issued for the detained opposition leaders on corruption charges to attend the parliament session until they satisfied the courts.

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Terming Nawaz Sharif’s words “an attack on Pakistan Army, not General Bajwa” the prime minister said the military had fully supported the government during COVID-19 pandemic, after Karachi rains, in defence and foreign policies and by slashing its annual budget considering country’s tough financial conditions.

He told the volunteers that Nawaz Sharif first become a minister through the patronage of General (Retd) Jilani and chief minister by “polishing the boots of General Ziaul Haq”. He said the PML-N leader also received millions of rupees from Mehran Bank to contest elections against the PPP.

But he said unfortunately, the country’s courts always supported him. Even it was Nawaz Sharif who jailed Asif Ali Zardari twice and it was Zardari who filed Hudaibiya Paper Mills case against him, not Gen Bajwa.

He said after his speech, Nawaz Sharif got huge applause in Indian media as it was Narendra Modi using similar language against Pakistan and Pakistan Army.

“These are the people who can even put the country up For sale just to protect their corruption money. Money is their god”

“These are the people who can even put the country up for sale just to protect their corruption money. Money is their god,” the prime minister said as the volunteers chanted Imran – Imran and anti-opposition slogans with a predominant chant of “diesel” a term usually referred to JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

He said India also knew well that the same Nawaz Sharif started his political career under former military generals’ patronage, got attacked Supreme Court, bought judges to get favoring verdicts, and influenced others to victimize the then opposition.

The prime minister who earlier also launched a web portal for registration of Tiger Force volunteers and help them report hoarding and overpricing complaints through their mobile phone, said Nawaz Sharif maligned judiciary after the Panama case verdict against him.

“Was Panama case filed by General Bajwa? Who was at fault then? He (Nawaz Sharif) is lying shamelessly, even his brother, sons and daughter,” the prime minister said.

He said Nawaz was maligning the army at time when over 20 army personnel have been martyred in past few days. A visibly charged Khan repeatedly calling the former premier a “jackal” for having escaped to avoid corruption cases.

He is maligning the army, when over 20 of their personnel have been martyred in past few days

He told the audience that some 11 years ago, he had forecast that the corrupt opposition partied would get united whenever they would fall in grip for their corruption.

However, he avoided to comment on the speeches by Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto calling them “kids”, though he said both were brought up on the corruption money of their respective fathers.

Just to focus more on Nawaz Sharif’s anti-military remarks, the prime minister also opted to utter nothing more against Fazlur Rehman except calling him 12th man in the 11-member team.

Showing on screen the gloomy face of Nawaz Sharif while being in Pakistan and aggressive during Friday’s virtual address from London, he reiterated that Nawaz was allowed to go abroad after he portrayed himself as a critical patient.

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The prime minister also quoted three books written by foreign authors mentioning  tales of corruption by both Sharif and Zardari families.

“What they have done to their country is what Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq had done to their people,” he remarked.

“What they have done to their country is what Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq had done to their people”

Recalling the controversy of opening of four-rigged constituencies after 2013 polls, the prime minister said after 2018 elections, he had assured the opposition to open any constituency where they suspected rigging.

He said the government had collected evidences of Rs 2.5 billion of public money spent by PML-N during the election contested by now late Kulsoom Nawaz and electioneered by Maryam Nawaz.

The prime minister thanked the Tiger Force volunteers for their contributions during COVID-19, in health and environment sectors.

Khan repeatedly directed the volunteers not to interferer in city administration’s working. He apprised them that their role was limited to just reporting the hoarding and overpricing through the exclusive web portal that would prompt action by the district administration.

Recalling tremendous public support, he got for building cancer hospital, he said the public support could do wonders and that the great nations like Pakistanis, always stood to support the country in any difficult situation.

He said the Tiger Force’s cooperation would help curb inflation and hoarding besides assisting the government in its 10 Billion Trees Tsunami to mitigate effects of climate change.

He told the audience that the country got reduced wheat crop consequent to damaging untimely rains during last two years; however the government had already made imported the commodity to make up the deficiency.

Calling hoarding a “scourge” the prime minister said the government had devised a plan to curb the monopoly of sugar mill owners who so far used to announce sugar prices on their own.

In his address, SAPM Usman Dar lauded the prime minister’s vision to launch Tiger Force initiative which had remarkably assisted the government in ration scheme, Ehsaas registration, in hospitals as well as for tree plantation.

He asked the district administration to respect the volunteers as they offered their services for national development without any financial benefit.

He also condemned the opposition for criticizing the Tiger Force and said rather it was an ideological force for public and national service.

The SAPM said the government allocated Rs 100 billion for Kamyab Jawan Program to provide Rs 100,000 to 25 millions for business.

The youths were being given loans only on personal guarantee for start-ups, he added. He said the government spent Rs 10 billion to train the youth skillfully in computing, artificial intelligence and software development.

The SAPM said the Tiger Force portal would bring digital governance and make youth part of the government’s decision making.

The documentary films on Tiger Force’s services, theme song and on the career and struggle of Imran Khan were also played.