LAHORE -  While accusing the PML-N leadership of browbeating the judiciary, PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday reassured the Supreme Court that entire nation was standing behind it.

Talking to the media persons on his arrival at the Lahore Airport, the PTI Chairman further stated that ‘Nawaz Sharif mafia’ was attacking the court which he believed was ensuring supremacy of law in the country.

“The nation is glad to see that Supreme Court is working on ensuring the supremacy of law in the country”, he remarked.

Responding to a question about the alleged arrest of former police Inspector Abid Boxer in Dubai by the Interpol, Imran said that his party will move the court on his confessional statement regarding fake encounters he had carried out on the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

He added that five people were killed by police in Sabzazar in a fake encounter in the 1990s. 

He said that the court had declared the Sharifs a “mafia” because they would use the police to kill their opponents.

Lauding the performance of KP police in the prosecution of Asma and Mashaal murder cases, he said that it had shown its professionalism while dealing with these cases.

He also said that Mashaal had not committed any blasphemy of religion and his killers had planned his murder well in advance. Reacting to PML-N’s claim that its leader Mian Nawaz Sharif was attracting bigger crowds after the SC verdict on Panama case, the PTI chief asserted he could stage a rally three times bigger than that of the PML-N held at the same venue a day before.

He said that the PML-N had given the Senate ticket to a person who was a Proclaimed Offender. Ishaq Dar would be put in jail whenever he returned to Pakistan, he added.

Meanwhile, addressing members of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association at APTMA House, Imran Khan said that the government is not finalising the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline mainly on pressure of international donors and partly because of lack of resources, as the donors finance Pakistan.

He was addressing the members of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association here on Thursday at APTMA House.

PTI leadership including Asad Umar, former Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad and Mohsin Aziz were also present on this occasion.

Imran Khan said that Pakistan has suffered a lot due to wrong foreign policy in the past, indulging in the US-led Jehad in Afghanistan against Soviet Union.

He suggested that Pakistan should not involve itself in wars of others, stating to make independent foreign policy.

It is the responsibility of the government to provide jobs to the public, as the unemployment is the biggest problem of the country, he said and ,added, that due to the closure of the textile mills thousands of people were unemployed only in Faisalabad. PTI chief said that after coming into power his party would bring down the prices of gas and electricity for industry. He said that PTI would remove Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) and ensure an equal energy price countrywide to make the textile industry competitive.

He said the PTI has incorporated most of the recommendations of APTMA in its economic policy.

The PTI will introduce reforms in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), bringing tax culture in the country, he said.

He said that no government in the past worked sincerely to transform the FBR into an independent and powerful institution, which could stand against the mafias and money launderers like Sharifs.

He said that people don't have trust on government but PTI would develop confidence of people by developing tax culture.

Asad Umar while addressing the participants said that trade deficit may go up to Rs.40 billion due to wrong policies of the government. He said that electricity should be provided at the cost of 7.50 cents per KWH and the gas should be provided to the industry at 6.50 dollars MMBTU.

Awami Muslim League Chairman Sheikh Rashid suggested that Ministers should be appointed within the exporters because they understand the problems of exporters.  The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Aamir Fayyaz, on this occasion, also briefed Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on the issues being faced by the textile industry.

Dilating upon the APTMA's policy framework, Chairman APTMA said that the industry was seeking enabling environment for setting up of 1000 garment factories to promote exports of value added textile products.