I’m coming after you: PM Khan warns opposition

PM announces formation of a 'high powered commission' to investigate corruption

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the opposition on Tuesday that he was coming after them for money laundering and mega corruption.

“Pakistan has stabilized now. The pressure on me has declined,” said Prime Minister Khan in his address to the nation. “I’m telling the nation now—I’m coming after all those who did corruption,” he added.

Khan said that he would be constituting a commission which would investigate money laundering and corruption of the past leaders.

“They have been holding me and the government accountable. Now, I’m going to hold you accountable,” he said. “I’m announcing the formation of a high powered commission which will investigate the corruption that has taken place in the past 10 years,” he added.

Prime Minister Khan said that he will supervise the commission personally. He said that the FIA, ISI, IB, FBR and SECP will be part of the commission that would investigate where Rs24,000 billion loan acquired went.

Khan lashed out at the opposition—mainly the PPP and the PML-N for bringing the country’s economy to ruin.

“For the past 10 years, these two parties have ruined Pakistan,” he said. “Pakistan’s external debt was Rs6,000 billion in 2008. After these two governments came to power, our debt rose to Rs30,000 billion,” he added.

Prime Minister Khan said that Asif Zardari has laundered Rs100 billion while former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had done the same.

“These people used falooda walas and paapar walas to hide their ill-gotten wealth,” he said.

Khan said that the NRO that General (r) Pervez Musharraf gave to Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari had ruined Pakistan.

“They came back after years of corruption and repeated the same,” said Khan.

Prime Minister Khan said that Nawaz Sharif, as prime minister, was working as an employee of a UAE company. He said that former foreign minister and ex-defence minister Khawaja Asif was receiving Rs1.6 million in salary from his iqamah.

“Mahathir once told me that small corruption affects nobody. However, when the country’s leadership indulges in corruption, then the country is not able to progress,” he added.

Prime Minister Khan said that the leaderships of the PPP and the PML-N had both signed a ‘Charter of Corruption’. He said that Shehbaz Sharif had also minted millions and caused immense loss to the national exchequer.