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Tragedy of Pakistan that it has separate rules for poor and rich: PM Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan vows to facilitate judiciary in dispensing speedy, inexpensive justice.
Talks about importance of rule of law, speedy justice and development, highlighting where Pakistan went wrong.
Says former military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf had no right to promulgate National Reconciliation Ordinance.

ISLAMABAD: The tragedy of Pakistan is that there have been separate sets of rules for the poor and rich, believes Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He expressed this belief during his speech at the groundbreaking of the Islamabad District Courts’ building today (Tuesday).

The prime minister spoke at length about the rule of law, speedy justice and development, highlighting where Pakistan went wrong.

We used to see Pakistan moving forward and then it started moving backwards, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, recalling that the country was moving towards development in the sixties, but then things gradually started going downhill.

Comparing Pakistan with other poor countries like India and Bangladesh, he said we were far behind and that these countries have taken the lead.

The premier blamed the lack of rule of law for the state Pakistan is in today. “We have been left behind due to lack of rule of law,” he said, highlighting that the powerful and influential segments of society always want to be above the law.

PM Imran Khan said former military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf had no right to promulgate the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) under which cases against many politicians, political workers and bureaucrats were withdrawn.

“The biggest injustice Gen Musharraf did to the country was giving NRO,” the premier said, adding that Musharraf didn’t have a right to give NRO to the powerful because the looted money was not his but the nation’s.

“Only a society that upholds the rule of law is prosperous,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said.

The weak want justice and the strong want to be above justice, PM Imran Khan said, assuring to extend every possible cooperation to the judiciary in dispensing speedy and inexpensive justice to the common man.

The PM noted that supremacy of law is important to take forward to uplift the society.

The provision of justice to the masses is our priority, he said.

The premier said he was proud of being part of the 2007 lawyers’ movement which was aimed at strengthening democracy and ensuring rule of law.

He called it a “historic” struggle. The premier, however, regretted that the movement could not achieve its desired results.

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah, in his remarks, appreciated the premier for the initiative of the Islamabad District Courts’ building, which aims to facilitate judges, lawyers and litigants. He said the district courts are the guarantor of the rights of weak segments of society.

Media person and communication expert for over 25 years. Worked with Dow Jones News, World Bank, CNBC Pakistan, Aaj TV, ARY TV, Abbtakk TV, Business Recorder, Pakistan Observer, Online News Network, TTI Magazine and other local and world Publications.

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