We can’t amend the law to send Nawaz Sharif abroad: PM Imran Khan

The opposition is blackmailing the PTI-led government for an NRO, said Prime Minister Imran Khan, offering a container to the opposition parties if they wanted to protest.

“Should we amend the law in order to allow [former prime minister] Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad?” asked PM Khan, addressing senior journalists in Islamabad on Monday. “The people who ruled the country for 30 years and raised 30 factories failed to construct a single good hospital at home for their own treatment.”

They say Imran Khan will be responsible if anything happens to Nawaz Sharif, PM Khan said. “Why will I be held responsible if they couldn’t build a good hospital?” he asked.

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There are over 150,000 people in the country’s jails, he said and raised a question, “Should we get all of them treated abroad?”

Nawaz Sharif is serving a seven-year term at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail after being convicted in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference. It’s due to corruption and money laundering that the country had to face a fiscal deficit, PM Khan maintained. “We got the utilities of gas and electricity in terrible conditions,” he said.

The premier said the opposition parties are creating a fuss for their own interests. They are using the Parliament to cover up their ‘theft’ [corruption], he said. “I am willing to offer them a container if they want to stage a protest demonstration at the D Chowk,” he said.

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We don’t have any good hopes from India as the threat still looms, he pointed out. He announced to launch a major plan designated for poverty alleviation. “We hope to get major oil and gas reserves – the biggest in Asia – under the sea near Karachi,” he said. “I will break this happy news to the nation very soon.”

He expressed complete confidence in his cabinet and the chief ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkwa. “Mahmood Khan and Usman Buzdar have my full trust,” he added.

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