Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he had already fulfilled his pre-election promise of eradicating corruption from the country in 90 days within the stipulated time after coming into power.
A day after Pakistan slipped down on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2021, PM Imran said that no scandal of financial corruption emerged during the incumbent government’s tenure, whereas scandals like Panama Papers surfaced during previous government’s rule.
“The promise to end corruption in 90 days has already been fulfilled,” a party leader, who wishes not to be named, quoted the prime minister as saying, while addressing a meeting of the spokespersons for the ruling party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), on Wednesday.
While taking briefing on the Transparency International’s report, Prime Minister Imran directed the party spokespersons to apprise people of the corruption cases of the Sharif family, especially, former Punjab’s chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and his involvement in money laundering.
The sources said that PM Imran also said that the people should be told how Sharif family carried out money laundering in the name of peons and clerks. Apart from Shehbaz’s cases, the premier was also briefed on the provision of health cards.
During the meeting, the information minister also gave a briefing on the report, saying that there was no mention of the financial corruption in it and only issues related to rule of law were highlighted.
During the meeting, the prime minister directed the party leaders to also inform the people about the economic indicators and the provision of a major facility like health card to the masses. Through the health card, he said, every family would get Rs1 million health insurance.
Imran also said that reports of international organisations lauding Pakistan’s performance on the economy should also be highlighted.