Whoever gives NRO to thieves is a ‘traitor’: Imran

Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Thursday said that whoever gives an NRO to “thieves” – a term he uses for incumbent rulers – is a “traitor” as he lashed out at institutions for allegedly torturing his party’s leaders.

“All thieves are being released; Shehbaz Sharif and his son have been acquitted. Whoever they are, they should be ashamed,” Khan said while addressing a public rally in Mardan. The PTI chairman’s allegations came after a special court in Lahore acquitted PM Shehbaz and his son, Hamza Shahbaz in a mega-money laundering case – almost two weeks after Islamabad High Court acquitted PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz in the Avenfield reference.

The former premier – since his ouster in April – has been alleging that the coalition government rulers came into power for looting the country’s money and getting their cases disposed of. “If you think that you will be respected by torturing people, then you are mistaken,” Imran said while berating the institutions. He asked them to be “embarrassed” by their actions.

Moreover, he alleged that PPP and PML-N’s top brass is in politics to launder money out of the country and that movies have been filmed on their corrupt practices.

Slamming PML-N supremo Nawaz, he asked that since he has been seeking bail every now and then as several cases are being lodged against him, should he also leave the country.

Also, the former premier appeared to hold the federal government and agencies responsible for rising incidents of terrorism in Swat. He said that terrorism had started rising since the incumbent government came into power.

He alleged that instead of fulfilling its responsibility, the federal government was busy securing acquittals in cases against its members, indulging in corruption and creating political cases against opponents. “They (government and the agencies) are responsible for this [rise in terrorism],” the former premier claimed. Imran called on the people to vote for the PTI in the upcoming by-polls and ensure its victory.


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