From Fasih Ahmed
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan is currently in this situation because the previous governments did not think beyond their five-year tenure, adding that Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar ‘did what they previous governments should have done’.
A conference on population control was held at the Supreme Court under the CJP today, where the prime minister addressed the gathering. All four provincial chief ministers and Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider also attended the day-long symposium.
PM Imran began his speech on a lighter note, saying: “I am grateful that I have been called here, not at Court No.1.”
According to the prime minister, the CJP had taken steps which democratic governments should have done. “You asked why democratic government had not thought of water. They were not thinking beyond five years. We are facing these problems due to short term thinking.”
“The basis for the state of Medina was rule of law. In western countries rule of law was established from democracy.”
He said that Panama case verdict was very important and it laid the foundation of ‘Naya Pakistan’. “The influential came inside the noose due to the verdict.”
Speaking on the issue of population, the prime minister said he was an environmentalist form the start. “I remember when I was young there would be a temperature difference from one area of Lahore to another. There were green areas in the city. People would drink water from their tap, Ravi used to be a nice river and now it is a garbage dump. The city is all concrete now.”