Jamrud (Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan has challenged former president Asif Ali Zardari and his son Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to stage a sit-in in Islamabad and spend at least one week on a container.
Addressing a public gathering in Jamrud on Friday, the PM reacted to statements by Zardari and Bilawal and said that the PPP did not have the public support necessary for a successful anti-government campaign.
“I can assure you that our government is here to stay. We are going nowhere. Only Zardari will soon be going to jail, “he said. “I have asked for the container to be cleaned up and will also provide food for you,” the PM said.
On Thursday, during an event to mark the death anniversary of PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the former president said it was time for them to march to Islamabad as PM Imran had already taken the country back 50 years.
Zardari and Bilawal said that they would march towards the federal capital and vowed to topple the PTI government if the 18th amendment was abolished.
The PM said that the government has to pay Rs6.5 billion as interest on the loans taken by past governments. He assured that the country would be out of this difficult phase in the next few months.
Khan said that the Sharif family had over Rs100 billion abroad. He said the children of Nawaz Sharif live in houses worth billions. He added that Asif Ali Zardari had Rs100 billion in fake accounts.
“No NRO will be given to the corrupt elements”, Imran Khan reiterated.
PM Imran was also critical of former finance minister Ishaq Dar commenting on the country's economy as he had fled the country.
The PM once again urged the Afghan government to install an interim government to conduct elections and ensure transparency in the process.
He said his earlier statement had drawn much criticism but it was important as Peace in Afghanistan will be beneficial for all including the tribal people, he said. He announced that the Torkham border shall remain open 24 hours a day in order to facilitate trade.
The PM announced that Rs100 billion would be spent annually on the tribal areas during next ten years. He said health, education and sports facilities in tribal areas will be enhanced.