PM Imran Khan said his government is ready to sit down and talk with anyone except for those who stole and laundered the nation’s wealth abroad.
Addressing a public gathering in his native Mianwali, which he was visiting to inaugurate multiple development projects, the premier said: “We are ready to talk to everyone who has a different ideology or whom we call right or left.
“We are ready to resolve our issues with them peacefully, be they in Balochistan or erstwhile tribal areas or Waziristan. The only ones whom we will never have any reconciliation with are those who looted and laundered the Pakistani people’s money.”
“My government will never reconcile or give NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) to those who did corruption,” he reiterated.
He said nations that struck deals with criminals got “destroyed” and could never develop because no one would bother to work hard if stealing wasn’t considered reprehensible.
“Every respectable society puts its thieves in jails and doesn’t strike deals with them. The prosperous countries have [one] rule of law, while those that are poor have different laws for the powerful and the weak are in jails,” the premier said.