The prime minister had been addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Havelian-Mansehra section of the Hazara motorway.
After giving with niceties and speaking about the potential benefits of the project, he turned his attention to the dharna.
“If there ever was an expert on dharnas, he is standing right here,” he said in self-reference, We did dharna for 126 days,” PM Khan recalled. before teasing the opposition for giving up their protest too soon.
The only purpose of this circus (JUI-F sit-in) was to raise a hue and cry to get relief in corruption cases,” said the PM Khan.
I had said earlier that I would have agreed to all their demands if they could last a month on those containers.
He also criticized the JUI-F leadership for ‘hiding’ in the comfort of their ‘warm rooms’ while ordinary workers languished in the cold and rain.
He also lamented the fashion in which academy students were “brought” to the protest.
Noting that the participants had seemed unaware of any common purpose of the sit-in, he claimed that Maulana Fazlur Rehman had “used” them for personal gains.
He also criticized the JUI-F chief for “using religion” to make money, saying he “issues whatever fatwas you want him to if the price is right”.
Speaking more broadly, he said opposition parties had come to Islamabad to “blackmail” the government to shut pending corruption cases against their leaders.
He stated that every other opposition leader including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif attended the protest “to save themselves from accountability.”
The prime minister restated that he would not forgive “a single corrupt person” in the country.
“I do not care about votes, but I do fear God and the hereafter,” he said, adding that the country had been facing financial difficulties because of said ‘corrupt politicians’.
Using religion for personal benefit is the biggest sin,” he stated. “I pray that the Maulana is forgiven the judgment that is waiting for him in the hereafter.”
My message “to all my opponents” is that my Allah has trained me for challenges. I know how to win and how to face defeat. And I know how to stand back up after I have been defeated.”
“It is my promise to Allah that I will not spare a single person who has plundered the nation’s money.” PM Khan stated.