Leaders with assets abroad can never take stand for Kashmir: PM Imran

PM Imran Khan was addressing a public gathering in Bagh district. Source: APP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted that political leaders who have assets abroad “could never take a stand” for the people of Kashmir, while pledging to highlight the Indian atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) at all international forums.

“If I had my assets and wealth abroad, I could have never said ‘absolutely not’ to US and would have allowed them to carry out drone strikes inside Pakistan,” he said, while addressing a public gathering in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Bagh district in connection with upcoming elections, scheduled to take place on July 25.

The Prime Minister said that the Opposition were rallying against the government and threatening to overthrow it only to get concessions under the NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) with the aim to keep the previous system intact.

“I meet a lot of Kashmiris abroad, especially in Britain. You can ask them whether a corrupt person in that country asks for an NRO. No prosperous nation has different laws for the rich and the poor,” he added.

Apparently referring to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, the premier said, “In no civilised society does a person — convicted by the supreme court — act as if they are better than Bollywood stars, provide fake medical tests and escape to Britain.”

He further said what the PTI-led government was doing for the rule of law can be termed “jihad” as never before in the history of the country were powerful people held accountable.

Talking about the country’s economic situation, the premier said past governments had never tried to make the country self-reliant, but the Pakistan of tomorrow would provide loans to poorer countries and refuse to take aid. “The good times are near,” he claimed.

The Prime Minister also praised the Kashmiris for their bravery, saying that he would not let them down, would become their voice, and raise their cause across the globe. “The RSS ideology is a danger not only for Muslims, but India as well,” he added.

“Pakistan and Kashmir’s relationship is based on Islamic principles”, said the premier, adding that nations are always built on ideologies, which helps them understand a cause greater than individual goals.

PM Imran also promised that the entire population of AJK will be provided with health insurance by the end of this year. “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has given all of its citizens the health card, Punjab will give health cards to all citizens by the end of this year, and we aim to provide it to all the citizens here in AJK as well,” he added.

The premier said through the health insurance, families could get themselves treated at any hospital without worrying about money as each card provides for the use of Rs1 million.