Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the people who live in palaces and who go to London for medical checkups could not understand the woes of the common man.
“I have seen the living conditions of the people of Mianwali. I faithfully believe that unless a person knows how people live in backward areas, he will not be able to help them out,” Imran said while addressing a public gathering at his hometown amid warning of a second wave of Covid-19.
“Those who spend their lives in big palaces in Lahore and become chief ministers; the ones who get themselves medically examined in London; whose children are in London; how would they realize how people are living in these areas,” he added.
Imran was indirectly referring to the PML-N leaders – Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shehbaz Sharif – both of which have served as the chief minister of the country’s most populous province.
Convicted former prime minister Nawaz has been in London since November 2019 after he got bail in a corruption case and later a rare permission to fly to London to get medical treatment. Both sons of Nawaz – declared proclaimed offenders by courts – are also in London.
The PM said this was the reason why he chose Usman Buzdar as the chief minister of Punjab.
“I chose Buzdar because of the reason that only a man who understands the difficulties of the poor people would be able to solve their problems,” he added.
Admitting that many have been questioning his choice for the top position in the province, the prime minister said Buzdar belongs to Dera Ghazi Khan, which is the most backward district of Punjab.
Imran said DG Khan was even more backward than Mianwali but several other districts of the province were facing similar issues. “Nations do not prosper if all the money is spent on two, three cities. No nation progresses like that.”