PM Imran suggests interim govt in Afghanistan for peace talks, elections

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday suggested formation of interim government in Afghanistan for leading peace talks and holding elections in the war torn country.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, PM Imran Khan said that all the Afghan groups including Taliban should take part in the election under interim government. He said that Pakistan want peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan as it is in the best interest of both the neighboring countries.
PM Imran Khan said that the Afghan Taliban wanted to meet him but the government in Kabul protested so he did not meet them. He said that the Afghan government wanted to meet Taliban leadership themselves and improve the situation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted that no blackmailing will work and nor will anyone be given the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). “If the opposition wants to create a hue and cry, we are ready to provide them with containers to protest” he said.
“A minute in Parliament costs the country Rs80,000 and all the opposition does on the floor is cry,” he stated. “The opposition is not thinking about the nation at all. Other than talking about hiding corruption, opposition leaders do not raise any other issues on the floor of the House.”
“In the past Pakistan Peoples Party, laundered billions of dollars through fake bank accounts. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is crying foul because he fears the National Accountability Bureau (NAB),” he added.
The premier continued, “Ayyan Ali and Bilawal’s tickets were bought through the same fake bank accounts.”
Speaking about former premier Nawaz Sharif’s medical treatment, the premier stated, “The government is providing him with all facilities and he can seek treatment wherever he wishes within the country. Despite being in power for 30 years, Nawaz could not build a hospital where he can be treated.”
“Nawaz made 30 factories from one factory but could not make a hospital,” he added. “No blackmailing will work and nor will anyone be given the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO),” the premier reiterated. “There is no such law to send Nawaz abroad for medical treatment,” he asserted.
PM Imran further said, “Our foreign policy is better than that in the last 30 years.”
“We are hopeful of finding large reserves of gas and oil in the country. The nation should pray for this and I will soon share good news regarding this,” he said.
The premier stated, “I have full faith in the chief ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Usman Buzdar and Mehmood Khan, respectively. Give both the chief ministers some time and you will see the results yourself.”
Regarding ties with India, the premier said, “The threat from the neigbouring country is present till elections are held there. We are completely alert.”
On the increase in gas prices, the premier said, “The hike in tariffs is owing to a short fall of gas and liquified natural gas (LNG). We buy 1,400 cubic feet of gas and sell it for Rs650.”
“The reason for the energy crisis lies in faulty transmission lines. In previous eras, no work was done on transmission lines,” the premier lamented.
The premier further said that the sports board system is being completely changed. “The sports board had become a recruitment centre,” he stated.
“We are also bringing changes in the system of the cricket board. We will give preference to regional cricket,” PM Imran shared.

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