Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that there is no restriction on media in Pakistan, the government believes in freedom of expression.
While giving an interview to the Al Jazeera TV Imran Khan Economic reforms cannot be brought about within a day. The elimination of corruption is crucial for Pakistan to move forward.
The PTI government has faced criticism since coming into power. Imran Khan said Civil and Military leadership are on the same page.
Imran Khan said that some elements want to affect the Afghan peace process. I have always said that dialogue is the only solution for the Afghanistan issue. 19 years of war had created such “divisions in society” that it was not possible for everyone to get together for peace all of a sudden.
“Whatever the Afghans think is good for them, is good for us,” he said, adding that Pakistan had done whatever it could to get the Afghan government and the Taliban on the table for talks.
He acknowledged that there were ‘spoilers’ in the peace process and said that India was definitely not in favour of peace in the war-torn country.
In response to a question about freedom of the press and expression in Pakistan, PM Imran said that that “blatant propaganda” had taken place against his government.
He said that India was not a stakeholder in the Afghanistan peace process as it did not have a border with Afghanistan whereas Pakistan did.
“Instability there creates instability in the border regions what were former tribal areas of Pakistan and that creates a problem for the whole country,” he said.
PM Imran said that he had spent 20 years of his life in the UK and he “knew what freedom of speech is”. The prime minister said that if he was in the UK and the media there was criticising him in such a manner, his government would “have claimed millions of dollars of damages”.
“Unfortunately, it’s us, the government and the ministers who feel unprotected. It’s not the media,” said the prime minister.
PM Imran called into question the definition of intimidation, saying that if a fake news is published against the prime minister and the premier then decides to take that journalist to court, it should not be called intimidation as it “happens everywhere around the world”.