Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he was offered to join Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) several times by Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif respectively.
The premier said this while addressing the launching ceremony of defence analyst Ikram Sehgal’s book. PM Imran Khan said that he formed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to fight against corruption and injustice in society.
“I was friends with both Benazir and Nawaz Sharif. Sharif was more interested in cricket and by chance, he became prime minister. I knew them personally and they both offered me party tickets again and again, but I was opposed to their corruption and challenged them,” the premier recalled.
PM Khan, turning his guns on the Opposition, lamented that leaders of Pakistan’s political parties spent their summers abroad and never thought about the country.
“PM Khan recalled that when he formed his party he had no knowledge of Pakistani politics. I had studied politics in university so I had an understanding of international politics. But every country has its own culture of politics, and “I had no knowledge of Pakistani politics and that is how I began my career in it.”
Speaking about his experience as a cricketer, PM Khan said there were two types of cricketers: one who played for the country while the other played for his/her own interests.