UPPER DIR -  In a veiled reference to the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that petty thieves go to jail while “influential and indicted ones” were receiving a VIP treatment during their appearance before courts in corruption cases.

“The indicted thieves of the Sharif family show up before the accountability court in a convoy of 50 vehicles with the official protocol. They are receiving the VIP treatment even during their accountability in corruption cases,” he said while speaking at a big public gathering in the Upper Dir stadium on Friday.

He said that during the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) laws were equal for the rich and the poor.

Khan said that the PTI would establish a “Naya Pakistan” after coming to power at the centre. “We have to make it a country where there will be justice for all,” the PTI chief said.

Coming down hard on Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and disqualified premier Sharif for looting Pakistan, he said that because of their loot and plunder every Pakistani was now under a debt of Rs 0.12 million. “The PPP and the PML-N are involved in money-laundering while the masses are being taxed to pay off loans. The nation has to pay for the loot of these elites,” Khan said.

He questioned what qualifications the PPP co-chairman and the chairman have to lead the party and the country. Repeating his earlier allegations against Zardari, who according to him, used to sell tickets in black outside Bambino Cinema in Karachi, he said: “How can a person who used to sell tickets in black run a country?”

Khan said that the PML-N would be led by Maryam Nawaz in the future like Bilawal, who took the reins of the PPP. He said that there was no merit for appointments in political parties. Khan said that “Bilawal doesn’t speak Urdu and he has not earned a penny in his life, how could he lead the country.”

“Corruption in Pakistan deprives it of foreign investment. The citizens of foreign countries would have arrived here for employment if corruption is curbed and the system is put on the track,” he said.

“We have not been progressing because our leaders, instead of promoting merit, have been involved in nepotism,” he said. “The new Pakistan will be for the youth to build it.”

The people prefer to reside abroad because they were rewarded for their hard work there, Khan said.

"Continuous hard work will make them millionaires and billionaires but here we have no such system," he said. “Due to this crumbling system, children of poor farmers and labourers have no other option but to follow their parents’ fate and profession in Pakistan,” he said.