Leaders answerable to nation, accountable for spending public money: PM

MIANWALI: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday termed accountability and meritocracy hallmarks of a successful democracy and said every leader will now be answerable to the public.

He was addressing the sixth convocation ceremony at NAMAL College Mianwali.

Highlighting the merits of a democracy, the premier said no country in the world had progressed without accountability and meritocracy.

“The leaders are answerable to the people of the country and everyone in the government is accountable for spending public money,” he said, adding that investors who had left the country due to corruption were now returning.

Criticising the opposition leader, Prime Minister Imran said Shehbaz Sharif used derogatory language against the Punjab chief minister.

"Usman Buzdar will [prove to] be the best chief minister of Punjab because his interests are [intertwined] with Pakistan's interests," he said.

Buzdar will not make his factories, he does not take 40 vehicles with him, he would also be treated in hospitals in Pakistan, the premier added in a jibe at the opposition.

The prime minister announced that modern technology especially in agriculture will be introduced in the country for sustainable development.

He advised the students to learn from failures by rectifying mistakes and asked them not to forget their culture, religion and teachings of the founding fathers of Pakistan.

"One of the most pertinent questions you must ask yourselves is: 'What is the purpose of my life here in this world?

“As a human, you ought to fulfil your basic needs first and then look around for those whom you can help, those less privileged than you,” he added.

The premier also congratulated the successful graduates and their parents on the occasion.

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