Prime Minister Imran Khan has categorically said there was no possibility of any deal with the opposition leaders facing corruption charges, however, if they wished to go abroad they must return the looted public money.
The prime minister, in an interview with a private television channel as reported by the APP, said if both Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif and Co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari wanted to go abroad, they must return the public money they had looted.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan also announced that the government would soon launch a full-fledged crackdown against the money laundering by plugging the loopholes in the system left by the previous governments.
“Today, money laundering is the biggest curse in the country. Because you cannot keep it (money) Pakistan, so you launder it abroad to conceal it. You inflict double loss to country – first by looting and then by sending it through Havala or Hundi in dollars,” the prime minister said while addressing the National Assembly after the House concluded the passage of the annual budget 2019-20.
He said the money laundering was the real reason behind the dollar appreciation.
Amazingly, those who had left behind a record deficit of $19.5 billion were blaming the incumbent government for rupee devaluation. Such a people should have also told the people the real reason behind it, he added.
He said according to the data collected by the government, even the resident Pakistanis had stashed around $10 billion abroad.
Referring to the money laundering cases involving former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, Imran Khan said when the ruling class was involved in money laundering, how the common people could be stopped from doing so.