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PM Nawaz said invest­igatin­g the myriad corrup­tion cases of the past would divert the govt’s focus from develo­pment

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addressing a public gathering in Sialkot on May 7, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addressing a public gathering in Sialkot on May 7, 2017. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

Criticising the government for its reluctance against probing corruption in national institutions, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said the premier himself will be caught for corruption if he decides to act against it.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said investigating the myriad corruption cases of the past would divert the government’s focus from development.

“Only a country that ceases and shuns corruption is able to witness development,” Imran said while addressing a public gathering at Sialkot’s Jinnah Stadium on Sunday evening.

“I can tell  you how this country can prosper again, and that is through strengthening the institutions.”

“But how can you strengthen the institutions such as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as you will be caught for corruption as soon as you do so,” Imran said.

Nawaz standing between people and ideal Pakistan: Imran

The Pakistani nation, Imran reiterated, is becoming poorer as the rulers become richer. “Change does not come only by cutting ribbons,” Imran said while referring to the premier’s statement that his rivals may indulge in political point-scoring while he continues to inaugurate uplift projects.

“A small segment of the society is laundering the hard-earned money of the masses abroad,” he added.

In his statement on May 6, the premier said, “There are so many corruption cases that the more you try to count them, the harder it seems.” He added, “But one day, those behind these cases will meet their fate,” and asked “In this country, so many cases of corruption and embezzlement need investigation – which one should be probed first?”

Political parties have escalated their campaign against the ruling PML-N following the Panamagate verdict on April 20 which ruled that the PM and his sons, Hasan and Hussain will have to appear before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to record their statements.

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