PM Imran Khan says shaking Shahbaz Sharif’s hand will destigmatise corruption

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Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing a ceremony at the Academy of Letters after inaugurating the Hall of Fame in Islamabad on November 4, 2021. — YouTube/HumNewsLive
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing a ceremony on the Academy of Letters after inaugurating the “Hall of Fame” in Islamabad on November 4, 2021. — YouTube/HumNewsLive

ISLAMABAD: If I shake fingers with Leader of the Opposition within the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, it should normalise corruption, Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned on Thursday.

“People ask me why I don’t shake hands with [Shahbaz] as he is the Opposition leader,” the prime minister mentioned as he addressed a ceremony on the Academy of Letters after inaugurating the “Hall of Fame”.

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“Corruption cases worth billions of rupees are filed against him. If I shake hands with him on top of that, then I will give the message that this [corruption] isn’t a bad thing,” he mentioned.

The prime minister, giving the instance of England, mentioned that even when a politician is suspected of siphoning public cash, neither do anchors name them on TV, and nor do they attend parliamentary classes until they clear their identify.

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“Over there, it is unfathomable that a person guilty of corruption worth billions of rupees would go to the parliament and deliver a two-hour-long speech,” he mentioned.

The prime minister mentioned the requirements of such nations are “different from ours”.

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“This is why I have established the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority,” he mentioned, as he referred to as on intellectuals and students to supply the perfect steering to the youth to deal with the trendy challenges arising amid the digital period.

We can’t ban social media and the web, so the one method to defend our youthful generations from the unfavourable affect of digital innovation is to familiarise them with the ethical and moral requirements set by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he mentioned.

PM Imran Khan mentioned an important duty lies on the shoulders of movie and TV producers to information youthful generations in the suitable route via their productions.

PM holds assembly with envoys of Muslim nations

Separately, the prime minister interacted with envoys of Muslim nations on the institution of the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority, an announcement from the PM Office mentioned.

The prime minister held an interactive session with the resident ambassadors of Muslim nations, outlining the idea and imaginative and prescient underlining the institution of the authority, mentioned the assertion.

Stressing that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a blessing for all humanity, the prime minister underscored the enchantment of Islam’s common message and the bounties of following the basic precepts of Riasat-e-Madina.

To obtain actual social welfare and progress, the prime minister termed it crucial that the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) are absolutely understood and emulated by Muslims of their day by day lives, he mentioned.

The prime minister elucidated that the prime goal of building the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority was to develop a deeper understanding of the Sunnah via collaborative analysis and to supply important instruments to the youth to protect their Islamic identification, values, and tradition within the face of various social and digital media influences.

He mentioned that the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Authority was mandated to coordinate with Islamic students across the globe to debate modern points confronted by the Muslim youth and to current a coherent and logical mental response to trendy challenges, specifically Islamophobia.

The premier emphasised instructing ethics in faculties to assist construct the character of the Muslim youth in accordance with the ideas and the true spirit of Islam.

In this regard, the prime minister additionally highlighted the significance of the function of print, digital, and digital media and the affect of their content material on the approach to life and persona growth of the younger technology.

During the session, the premier invited constructive concepts from the envoys and hoped for lively collaboration amongst Muslim nations, each on the governmental degree, in addition to via interplay amongst students and academia.

Several envoys appreciated the prime minister’s initiative, acknowledged his vocal help for causes of the Muslim Ummah at each worldwide discussion board, and guaranteed all potential cooperation.

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