Public Service Doesn’t Come for Free

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressing the media after laying the foundation stone for the reconstruction and dualization of the Sialkot-Pasrur Road, said that he will expose those who are pressurizing parliamentarians to change their loyalties.

Among his audience were party leaders such as federal minister for Inf­or­mation and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and former federal ministers Khawaja Asif and Zahid Hamid, and members of the federal and provincial assemblies.

“Thank you all. Our major concern, your and ours, is the alien forces that are working against our country. It is only our PML-N leadership that represents the country, and it is the aliens who were behind the ouster of our beloved Nawaz Sharif.

“Yes, I have to admit that our Leader-for-Life Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif was called a godfather, but the former president Asif Zardari is greater godfather. No one speaks a word about him and how much he made, and indeed he is still making though his PPP … so what! Is there anything free in life? Like anything else, public service doesn’t come for free.

“I mean that with all power outages, the water outages and law-and-order situation, who wants live in Pakistan. Our Leader-for-Life Mian Nawaz Sharif is an ordinary Pakistani, who in the face of such realities of life has gifted overseas properties to his children. Again, I remind you that public service doesn’t come free. Our friend Asif Zardari has real estate in so many countries. But it is only that Imran Khan is howling at our dear Leader-for-Life!

“Imran Khan has graduated from Oxford, he should have enough sense to know that public service doesn’t come for free.

“Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar has not earned an overseas degree, but he has a law degree and has immense knowledge, he too should know that public service doesn’t come for free.

“And all we hear is the need to stop corruption. Both Imran Khan and the Chief Justice seem to operate like stereo speakers, singing about the need to end corruption. Do Imran Khan or the Chief Justice know that what hard work is to be prime minister? Our Leader-for-Life Mian Nawaz Sharif, or our friend Asif Zardari and any other public figure, which includes me too, they work hard so it is their right to make money for themselves. Every head of family is obliged to provide for his family and this what we are doing, providing for our family, at least through ten to twelve coming generations.

“I understand that Imran Khan is a greedy person who has lust for power, but what about the Chief Justice. He is only 63 years old or so, then why he forgets the favors of our Leader-for-Life. Wasn’t it on May 22, 1998, that he was elevated as a judge of the Lahore High Court after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent a nomination summary? I agree that the Chief Justice may be upset with Asif Zardari because in

February 2010, his nomination to be elevated as the justice of the Supreme Court was initially rejected by the then-President Asif Ali Zardari in spite of recommendation made by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. But President Zardari instead elevated Justice K.M. Sharif that ultimately supersedes the senior-most Justice Nisar for the promotion, appointing the latter as acting Chief Justice of Lahore High Court. It was only Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry who saved his post. Even so, Justice Saqib Nisar should not even be harsh with Asif Zardari. We are all in public service and public service is not free.

“Our Leader-for-Life has rightly spoken that this law, this Supreme Court decision to disqualify him would been be taken to the assembly and changed. No amount of corruption charges or convictions can hurt our leaders, be it our Leader-for-Life in Punjab or Asif Zardar in Sind. Thank God that unlike Imran Khan and this Chief Justice, our people know that public service doesn’t come for free.

“When we are doing public service, we need to get proper rewards for it. See I own Airblue, which I founded in 2003. Now because of all this wailing about corruption, I have to deny being a stakeholder in the airline. Because I am in public service, I can only say that as of 2013, I have ₨ 900 million shares in Airblue.

“Please make a note that we will educate all people of Pakistan that public service comes with a price and after we win the election, we will make laws that will curb people like Imran Khan and Chief Justice Saqib Nasir from working against corruption, which is the bedrock of politics in Pakistan.

“I appeal to you, our media to join me in educating our fellow Pakistanis that Public Service Doesn’t Come for Free.

“Thank you.”

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