ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday while calling corruption a reason to destroy a country, said the factor behind the countries’ poverty was not the lack of resources but the corruption of their leadership.
“Corruption is something which destroys a country. The poor countries are poor not because of they lack resources but because their leadership is corrupt,” the prime minister said in an interview with Al Jazeera.
To a question, he said the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) had transformed the human beings and changed their characters, and made them leaders.
He was Rahamtullil Alamin (blessing for the whole world), not just the Muslims. Anyone who will follow his model will rise,” the prime minister remarked.
PM Imran said that I raised the issue of Islamophobia in my first speech at the United Nations. He said that Muslim rulers should collectively tell the West how much we love our Prophet (PBUH).
Imran Khan has lashed out at the Bhuttos and the Sharifs, blaming them for destroying the country and having a hand in the problems the country is facing today. He said Pakistan was rich in resources but the Bhutto and Sharif families used them unfairly.
He said his government wanted Pakistan to become a prosperous country and was fighting against the two super-rich families. Imran Khan alleged that the two families were working to set up their dynasties in Pakistan and were responsible for the present mess the country is in.
“Corruption is something which destroys a country. The poor countries are poor not because they lack resources but because their leadership is corrupt,” he told the anchorperson Ola Al-Fares.
“I will myself conduct transparent investigations against ministers If corruption allegations are levelled against them,” he said, adding that the government sprung into action after a sugar inquiry report exposed the mafia.
On the Kashmir dispute, the premier said it was Pakistan’s responsibility to raise the issue at every forum. He said if India attempted to attack Pakistan, it would get a befitting response exactly the way it had in 2019. “Only mad people can think of bringing two nuclear powers face to face. Indian people are good but they are being ruled by fanatics,” he remarked.
He also highlighted the plight of the Kashmiris, saying that occupied Kashmir is like a prison, adding that eight million Kashmiris are forced to live in the open jail. “We will raise the Kashmir issue at every forum.”
He said the BJP’s fascist government is dangerous for India and the region and “feared that Pak-India nuclear war may break out due to BJP’s policies”. “I don’t understand how the BJP is ruling a wise nation such as Hindus,” he added.
Regarding the Afghanistan situation, he said it was “insanity” what the West had been doing in the country for 20 years.
He said no Afghan was involved in the 9/11 attack but western powers still occupied the landlocked country to achieve objectives that could never be done through military means.
Due to that very stance, the prime minister said, he was criticised immensely.
Responding to a question about Afghanistan, he said Pakistan faced a “very difficult” situation after the exit of the US and Taliban takeover.
He said the world, including the US, should think rationally for the sake of 40 million people or else the situation would lead towards chaos and terrorism as the militant Islamic State group was already present there.
In case of any chaos in Afghanistan, Pakistan would be the biggest sufferer as the country had already been hosting 3m refugees.
He said he would order an investigation if anyone points out the corruption by any of his ministers as such corruption by ruling elite destroys the country.
In response to a question, the prime minister said his government had inherited the highest-ever debt, fiscal deficit and current account deficit, from which it would take time to recover.
He said Pakistan had effectively navigated through the Covid-19 pandemic by maintaining a balance between lives and livelihood.
He said like other developing countries, Pakistan also experienced imported inflation owing to the international price hike of commodities such as edible oil and pulses.
Coming to Islamophobia, he said Muslim leaders never portrayed the real picture of Islam before the West, particularly after 9/11. This made the Muslims in Western countries face Islamophobia despite the fact that terrorism had no relation with Islam.
He said he alone could not make any change, rather the whole Muslim world must take a joint stance at forums such as the United Nations to make some difference.
The prime minister advised the youth to make Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as their role model, adding that they should know how he transformed the character of people and turned them into leaders.
He was a “blessing for mankind, not just the Muslims. Anyone who will follow his model will rise,” the prime minister remarked.
Asked about his cricketing career, the prime minister said passion for the sport runs in his family as his cousins and uncles were already playing before him.
He said sport taught him the ability to cope with the bad times and the dynamics of picking up yourself again.
The premier said Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital was the first private facility of its kind where 75 per cent of the patients were treated free of charge. He said he would never have been able to build the hospital if he had not learned struggle from cricket.
The prime minister said he wanted to build Pakistan on the model followed in the state of Madinah, adding that Pakistan was earlier being ruled by two corrupt families, which came into power just for making money.