Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said giving NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) to anyone will be disloyalty to the country.
Addressing a ceremony of the launch of the spring tree planatation campaign in Balloki, the premier once again refuted reports regarding giving NRO and asserted, “No one will get an NRO.”
“Those who are speculating that we will give NRO to anyone should understand that it will be equivalent to treason and disloyalty to the country,” he added.
“One NRO was given by General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to Nawaz Sharif. A case was ready against the Sharif brothers pertaining to the Hudaibiya Paper Mills and Ishaq Dar's confessional statement regarding how money laundering was done was also present. However, to save his own seat, Musharraf gave Nawaz an NRO and let him leave for Saudi Arabia” the premier further stated.
"On the other hand, Rs2 billion from the national exchequer were spent on Asif Zardari's Swiss case and there was a Surrey Mansion case in London which the Pakistan government won and the country was to get the money, however, an NRO was signed and that case was closed."
The premier continued, "These two NROs gave the powerful the impression that theft is no big deal and no matter how much you steal, the powerful thieves are not caught in Pakistan."
"The result of this was that from 2008 to 2018, two leaders who were given NRO governed for five years each. In 2008, Pakistan's debt stood at Rs6,000 billion but after the terms of the two leaders it rose to Rs30,000 billion as they had no fear," he added.
Questioning how the previous leaders have the audacity to say they "did good work", the premier stressed, "We will not leave anyone who made the country bankrupt."
“We are asking those for accountability who destroyed the country. This is tabdeeli (change),” he added.
Taking a hit at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, PM Imran said, “In this history of democracy it has never happened that a man becomes the chairman of Public Accounts Committee from jail and then summons the accountability watchdog (NAB) which is probing him.”
“Now no favors will be given to corrupt people,” PM Imran stressed.