Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has made a tall promise to his citizens on Wednesday. While addressing a meeting to share the details of his efforts to bring cash-strapped Pakistan out of financial difficulties, he said that all corrupt leaders will go to jail.
"No politicians and officials who have put Pakistan into the debt trap through their corrupt practices will get protection from any legislation like the defunct National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO)".
The controversial NRO was promulgated in October 2007 by the government of then-president Gen Pervez Musharraf. Under the ordinance, the cases against politicians were removed, paving the way for many of them to return to the country. It was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in December 2009.
Prime Minister Khan also lashed out at the previous governments for raising Pakistan's debt to Rs 30,00,000 crore. In a reference to the PPP and PML-N, Khan said:
"The opposition parties that are accusing his government of incompetence are doing so because they fear that "their corruption will be unearthed when we do an audit of the Rs 30,00,000 crore. They just want an NRO from us. I want to give them a message: open your ears and hear this: you can come out on the streets. We will give you containers and give you food. You can do whatever you want in the assemblies...no one will get an NRO", he said.
He added that the country has no future until and unless corruption is rooted out.
"The fake bank accounts... where is all this money coming from? The money is being stolen (from the nation). The country's leaders then have to go and ask for loans abroad... because dollars are laundered out of the country," he said.
He said the entire burden of loans taken by corrupt officials falls on the nation. Taxes are imposed and prices are raised in order for the country to be able to pay back the loans. He said the government is making all-out efforts to prevent stolen money from flowing out of the country.
(With inputs from PTI)