Nation should stop glorifying money launderers, says PM Imran


–Opp leaders lash out at PM, say Imran intimidating rivals by announcing probe into past govts’ tenures


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said it is time for the nation to stop glorifying money launderers.

The premier tweeted that the “money launders are seeking refuge behind democracy after having damaged the nation and impoverished the people”.

“No protocol should be extended to them. Where are plunderers of public wealth given such special treatment?” he said.

Imran Khan said it was time to treat them as criminals.

Earlier in the day, opposition leaders slammed Prime Minister Imran’s announcement of the constitution of a commission to probe corruption in the previous governments’ tenure.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto reacted to the PM’s address, saying: “PM’s panicked midnight address to the nation. Fearing he’ll be unable to pass PTIMF budget and his government will fall”.

“Coercion will not work. No one with a conscience could vote to increase taxes, inflation, and unemployment,” he said on Twitter.

“This budget is economic suicide we cannot let it pass,” Bilawal added.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb called the measure another tactic to intimidate opposition leaders.

The PML-N leader said that the high-level commission should be made to ‘inspect mental health of PM Imran Khan’.

Marriyum said that the prime minister will have to answer to the public about introducing an anti-people budget and having a deal with the IMF.

She challenged that the government can form not one but 10 commissions as they have a record of every single penny spent.

PML-N leader and former finance minister Miftah Ismail said that PM Imran Khan should also hold his PTI government accountable for Rs5000 billion.

PPP leader Khursheed Shah said that PM Imran Khan delivered a speech in the dark of the night as he is incapable of facing the public in broad daylight, which is chanting ‘Go Niazi Go’.

Khursheed Shah said that if the prime minister is serious about eradicating corruption then he should focus on Aleema Khan, Jahangir Tareen and Pervez Khattak.

The PPP leader questioned whether the National Accountability Bureau is simply fulfilling the manifesto of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.