Imran Khan Speech in National Assembly of Pakistan

Imran Khan Speech in National Assembly of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (APP): Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Thursday said huma n development and strong democratic institutions were basic elements for progress and prosperity of any nation.

Speaking on a Point of Order in the National Assembly, he said Pakistan could not be made an Asian Tiger till strengthening democratic institutions and developing human resource.

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He alleged that foreign investment, country's export and remittance had witnessed downward trend. Cotton's, which was a cash crop of the country, production has decreased to 10 million bales while Indian production has jumped to 40 million bales.

Criticizing, the Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) he said that they have strong reservations over ECP as around 25 million ballot papers were allegedly missing during general elections 2013.

Imran Khan said real democracy could not be ensured mere by holding elections rather free, fair and transparent election was necessary. He said the institutions would not be strengthened till supremacy of the Constitution.

He said foreign investments could not be attracted without eliminating corruption and ensuring political stability.

He said Parliament was an important democratic institution and it was the responsibility of government to do legislation.

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Criticism on any wrong-doing of the government was a democratic right of the opposition, he added.

He said the Opposition parities across the world always raised the issue if public money was wrongly utilized.

Imran Khan said there must be no political interference in police department. The PTI's government has fully empowered police department in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and completely restricted political interference in it, he added.

Regarding Panama Papers, he said the Opposition framed Term of References (ToRs) to probe Panama papers leaks but the government raised objections over it and termed it unilateral.

He claimed that the Chief Justices of Pakistan (CJP) had also rejected the government's ToRs.

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He said that he had offered himself for accountability despite his name was not included in Panama leaks. The opposition has also presented a bill in the Senate in this regard, he added.

He said he had already declared all his assets during press conferences held in 2011 and 2012.

Imran Khan criticized the Speaker's ruling on disqualification references which had been forwarded to the ECP.

He said there was no justification of sending his reference to the ECP. He said the Speaker's decision on references was biased.

He announced that he would now not accept Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as a custodian of the House due to his (Ayaz) biased and partisan attitude.