ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Imran Khan has made it clear to everyone concerned that the government would not accept any unjust demand made by the United States in the upcoming talks.
Khan made the remarks while charing a meeting with senior journalists and TV anchors. The meeting was also attended by foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and information minister Fawad Chaudhry.
One important point of the meeting was Khan’s request to the media influencers to give his government at least three months before criticizing it as they have been doing ever since he took the office.
He also noted that Pakistan’s circular debts had reached Rs1200 billion, maintaining that the country could not progress without accountability.
The prime minister said he had directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief to carry out indiscriminate accountability and take action even if a member of the government was also involved in corruption.
During the meeting, he openly supported Usman Buzdar saying that the Punjab chief minister should be given three months’ time, after which the media should criticise him for his performance.
Commenting on his use of helicopter, Khan said he has been using it to save people from mobility issues.
Regarding his team, he said that he was not responsible for the past of individuals he had inducted in his team. “They have been conveyed that any irregularities would not be tolerated now.”
The prime minister said that none of his cabinet members was appointed permanently and could be shuffled on the basis of performance. About foreign tours, he said these were not his priority.
Speaking with regard to Pakistan-US ties, he said his government would not accept any unjust demand by the United States.
Khan said they could not fight the US, but they will improve their ties with Washington. He added that Pakistan also seeks peaceful relations with India, Afghanistan and Iran.
Regarding his visit to the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters, he said the visit went well and it was conveyed that the government had backing from the institution.
The prime minister further vowed that his government would cancel the agreements made against national interest.