ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s challenges “start with Senate elections like theirs”, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday, adding that the ruling PTI suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the opposition in the 2021 Senate elections.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that for the last 30-40 years, the Senate elections have been influenced. “What kind of democracy is this where the country’s leadership is elected by a Senate vote?”
He said the country’s leadership began with parliament, adding that he had campaigned for an open referendum in the Senate to “end this menace” and that the ruling party had passed a bill in this regard. Presented.
“When other parties – which previously supported open voting – did not support our demand, we approached the Supreme Court,” he added.
“What kind of democracy is this where people are spending money to become senators? When we found out that 20 PTI members had sold their votes for money, I expelled them from the party.
“Even a video has surfaced in which a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa MPA was seen accepting bribes in exchange for Senate votes, the Supreme Court told the Election Commission of Pakistan. [ECP] It is the responsibility of the electoral body to conduct transparent elections.
‘Pressure on me’ for NRO
“We have not filed corruption cases against Yousuf Raza Gilani,” the former prime minister was quoted as saying, adding that the opposition had fielded him as its candidate in the 2021 Senate elections.
“Their sole purpose was to put so much pressure on me that I expected it and gave them the NRO. First, they tried to say that the election was rigged, then they spread the corona virus. Tried to put pressure on me during [pandemic] And, now, when it came time to pass the FATF bill, they did. “
Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed that if the conditions set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had not been met, the Pakistani rupee would have depreciated to such an extent that oil, electricity and other necessities would be in dire straits. It would be expensive.
“If our FATF bill had not been passed, our imports and transportation would have become more expensive,” he said.
He claimed that “all of them” had said in the beginning that money affects the Senate elections but “now they are going to the Supreme Court and say they need a secret ballot”.
“The real purpose was to hang the sword of confidence in my head and blackmail me,” he said. “Imran Khan is the only politician who had everything before he came to power. I am the only Pakistani, probably, I was the most famous before he came into politics.
“I was one of the first Pakistani generation to be born in an independent country,” he said, stressing that the country had a proper status in the first world.
Prosperity is linked to ‘justice and the rule of law’
The Prime Minister recalled that in one day, the US President received the Pakistani Prime Minister once during his visit to the US. However, “after 1985, our country started going downhill,” he lamented.
“The only difference between justice and law in the world is why some countries are making progress while others are failing to make progress despite having a lot of resources,” he said. When the powerful and the poor are treated equally. “
“There is a law for the powerful in Pakistan because no one catches them while there is another law for the poor. When I spent a few days in jail under Musharraf, I saw that there were only poor people in jails at that time.
“When ministers and prime ministers are involved in theft, he leaves a debtor country. Ordinary people pay the price for the corruption perpetrated by these elites,” he said. He added that this is also true for most of the world’s poorest countries.
Struggled to hold the powerful accountable
Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized that his struggle was aimed at “holding the powerful accountable” and that although Pakistan was not a poor state, “no country can develop whenever a corrupt powerful money launderer”.
He further claimed that the opposition had “made a drama and invested all the money” for the Islamabad seat during the 2021 Senate elections. Ever since our government came to power, the corrupt mafia has feared it.
“When a country’s leadership is corrupt, how can you expect the common man to be honest? What message have we sent to our country’s young population with this Senate election?”
Talking about the ECP, he said that the federal agency “provided an opportunity for horse trading in the Senate elections” but asked how a society would accept these corrupt people when it was open. Can develop
“When Yousuf Raza Gilani becomes a senator and allows corrupt practices to prevail, what example will we set for the younger generation? Is it Imran Khan’s sole responsibility to eradicate corruption?”
“We are here today, at this level, because we have always accepted theft and corruption. The money that has been stolen and gone abroad is not my money. It is your money. These people are money. Take off [government] Agreement. “
PTI will support Sadiq Sanjarani in the Senate
Earlier, Information and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz had confirmed this Geo News That Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the nation on Thursday evening.
Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, the ruling party’s candidate from Islamabad, faces defeat from former Prime Minister and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) candidate of the opposition anti-government coalition, Yousuf Raza Gilani. Had to .
Faraz had revealed that the PTI, in consultation with senior party leaders and allies, had once again decided to support Sadiq Sanjrani for the post of Senate chairperson.
More to follow…