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Sons sought foreign help to take Nawaz abroad: PM

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan declared on Monday he would accept no pressure from anyone or anywhere to give an NRO-style amnesty to jailed politicians instead he proposed a plea bargain for returning the looted money to getting free and going abroad. In an interview with a private news channel, Khan said that action against politicians keeping ‘benami’ properties had started, while a similar action against all other people, who held benami properties or bank accounts, would begin after three days. He again urged the non-tax filers to take benefit of the tax amnesty scheme. “After expiry of the deadline (July 3), action against all the benami property and bank account holders will be initiated and all such properties would be confiscated,” Khan told a panel of interviewers. The prime minister said the army and the government were on the same page and that he would accept no pressure from anyone and anywhere to give NRO [National Reconciliation Ordinance introduced by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf] to the jailed opposition leaders. He ruled out the possibility of any deal for both Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan People Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. He revealed that the sons of a jailed leader had approached two countries to help send their father abroad but they had informed him (Khan) that they would not interfere in the matter. However, he added, there should be a plea bargain and those who were in jails would have to return the looted money to get free and go abroad. No one has approached me for NRO directly: PM Imran Khan said that two NROs promulgated by former president Pervez Musharraf for the leaders of two political parties damaged the country a lot, raising the debt from Rs6,000 billion to Rs30,000 billion. He said he had asked the law minister to amend laws for keeping the looters of the national wealth in common class in jails. “Under the new law, such looters of the public money should be put in those jail cells where the common men facing the theft charges were imprisoned,” he said. “A political prisoner could avail the A-class facility,” he said, adding how that privilege could be extended to the plunderers of national wealth. “Such people should be sent to ordinary jails just like other thieves,” he added. Dilating on various economic challenges facing the country, he assured that after signing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal in a few days there would be economic stability and the issue of exchange rate would end. “Speculations on such an issue was animosity with the country,” he said about instability in exchange rate. “Pakistan has come out of the difficult phase. Countries always passed through such difficulties in period of their reforms.”