Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has ruled out reconciliation with corrupt politicians as they had plundered the national exchequer in past and dented the national economy, Nadeem Afzal Chan, a spokesman for the prime minister, said on Friday. Talking to a private news channel, he said that the incumbent government wanted to continue the political and democratic process smoothly, but opposition parties are standing in the path of the government’s progressive initiatives due to their own interests. He said the opposition wanted Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairmanship, but the entire leadership of PML-N had gone to London and was enjoying a holiday at taxpayers’ expense. He said that people expected a positive role from the opposition, adding that the businessmen had joined politics to gain personal benefits, spoiling the country’s image and political system.

Chan added the PTI government had introduced the culture of debate over national issues, including the elimination of corrupt mafia from the country.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister Gulam Sarwar Khan on Thursday he hoped Imran would take hard decisions in coming days against corrupt elements and the wheat mafia. Irrespective of party affiliation or political groups, the PTI leadership would not hesitate to take action against the responsible elements,who were behind mishandling the food affairs, he stated while talking to a private news channel.

Commenting on Maryam Nawaz, he said that the leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Maryam Nawaz was declared a convict in corruption charges and granting permission to such a person for visiting ailing father abroad would not be a suitable decision.