ISLAMABAD-(TP NEWS): Addressing directly for the first time to the nation after swearing in as prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan on Sunday deliberated on how Pakistan got stuck under huge debt and how to get out of it.
Expressing remorse over the lavish lifestyle of former rulers, he suggested that we should adopt a simple lifestyle to avoid heavy expenditures.
Vowing to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state, he requested masses to bring change in their lives.
Calling Quran as his fundamental and eternal guide, he said the laws stated in the Holy Quran were adopted by the developed nations of the contemporary world.
Citing examples from life of Holy Prophet (SAWWW) and lives of Muslim leaders during the Quroon-e-Uoola, he said merit was promoted, zakat was deducted and stress was given on education.
“On the flip side, around 225 million children in Pakistan are out of school,” he said.
He pledged to begin accountability from himself. He said he would hold auction for lavish vehicles brought from foreign countries.
Imran said governors of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would not reside at the governor houses and the Prime Minister House would be converted into a university.
He said we had become so used to begging debt from foreign countries that we no longer felt ashamed on it.
The PTI chief said he would fortify the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) to collect taxes and his government would keep masses abreast of all the developments regarding benefits of the collection of taxes.
A cricket legend and firebrand nationalist, Khan swept to power in last month’s election on a populist platform vowing to root out corruption among a venal elite and lift people out of poverty.
Khan assumed the office of the chief executive of the country after taking oath at an impressive but simple ceremony at President House.
Khan’s PTI won the general election on July 25 promising to fight corruption and drastically reduce poverty among Pakistan’s 208 million people.
Wearing a traditional black sherwani, in the style of his hero and Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Khan recited the oath of office and vowed to respect the constitution.
“I will bear true faith and allegiance to Pakistan,” Khan read from the oath, standing next to President Mamnoon Hussain.
Later, he was given a guard of honor on the lawns of the prime minister’s house.
Khan easily defeated rival Shehbaz Sharif from the outgoing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), garnering 176 votes to Sharif’s 96 votes.
The oath-taking was attended by scores of Pakistani celebrities, sportsmen, and politicians, as well as former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who serves as tourism minister for India’s Punjab province.