ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said ‘audio leaks’ had marred the country’s standing in the international community as no one would feel free to speak with the Prime Minister out of privacy fears.
He said this while addressing a press conference at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad.
He said ‘audio leaks’ scandal was an critical matter and he was in the process of forming a high-powered committee to probe into it.
“Who is going to visit the Pakistani Prime Minister from overseas now?” the PM said. This scandal had put the prestige of 220 million-strong nation at stake, he added.
Replying to a question, the PM dismissed allegations that Maryam Nawaz ever sought a favour from him for the import of machinery for her son-in-law.
Prime Minister said he fought Pakistan’s case with all his might at the United Nation’s 77th General Assembly and highlighted the plight of millions of flood victims before the world nations.
“I don’t think we have done anything to deserve the disaster of flooding that have displaced millions and so far claimed the lives of over 16,00,” the PM said talking to the media.
The PM said he had fruitful meetings with the world leaders, especially the heads of state of China and Russia, who also pledged aid for Pakistan’s flood-hit population.
He said unlike the last government, the PML-N-led regime was going extra miles to reconnect with the world, especially, friendly countries.
“PTI government isolated Pakistan by estranging a number of close allies,” the PM said adding,” Now we are coming out of that diplomatic backwater.”
He said the former government led the economy to the brink of collapse, because of its noncompetence.