Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi was orchestrated by India.
The Pakistan PM said this while addressing the National Assembly. He said it was a Mumbai-style plot.
“There is no doubt that India was behind yesterday’s attack,” PM Khan told the parliamentarians. He lauded the security forces and intelligence agencies for a swift response to the attack.
Four terrorists attempted to storm the PSX building early Monday. However, they all were neutralised before entering the building.
“I want to take this forum to acknowledge our four heroes who lost their lives yesterday [in an exchange of fire with the terrorists],” PM Khan said. “This includes [Assistant] Sub Inspector Shahid, and three security guards posted outside the building, Ifthikar, Khuda Yar and Hasan Ali.”
Speaking about the coronavirus lockdown, the PM said that he was never in favour of it because of the impact it was likely to have on the poor.
He said his government imposed smart lockdowns so that the country could be run. These lockdowns can help contain the coronavirus spread, the prime minister said.
“When we opened our markets and economy, it is only then that others agreed that a smart lockdown is the only way to combat the pandemic,” he said.
The entire service sector was affected by pandemic restrictions, according to the prime minister. People in the country’s north who rely on tourism are suffering now along with small private schools.
PM thanks allies for budget approval
I’m really thankful to the party and our allies for getting the budget approved, said PM Imran Khan.
“When I watched the TV the night before the budget, it seemed as if the government’s last days are being counted,” he said. “I pay tribute to our female members for their performance and I’m also thankful to our minority members.”
PM Khan said it was a difficult a budget as they had to collect Rs5,000 billion.
Reforms in institutions
The prime minister said that introducing reforms in institutions was inevitable.
“Our mission is to bring a system of justice to the country,” he said. “There are huge mafias present inside our institutions too.”
PM Khan says countries never progress because of the uplifting of specific classes. He promised they would not spare the ones who damaged the country.
‘Govt is going nowhere’
He said a former prime minister laundered money out of the country. “They are worried because evidence is being found against them from Dubai.”
PM Khan said these people were saying since day one that the government had failed. Things will keep fluctuating as long as we would stand firm on our ideology, he said.
“The nation dies in the absence of difference between good and evil,” the premier said. He assured the parliamentarians that the incumbent government was going nowhere.
“The opposition is pushing for NRO, they want minus-one,” PM Khan said. “Even if it happened, they would still not be spared.”