Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the “elite conquest” of Pakistani resources and the lack of the rule of law not only deprived the majority of the population of basic amenities, but also prevented the country from realizing its immense potential.
In an online interview with the American Islamic scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, which was broadcast on PTV on Sunday, the prime minister also spoke about how he had found his faith.
Yusuf is President of Zaytuna College in California. He has authored several encyclopedia entries, academic papers, and articles on Muslim bioethics, legal theory, and other topics.
The prime minister claimed that no society could ever reach its potential without the rule of law.
âMerit is also linked to the rule of law. If you don’t have an achievement society in a society, you have this elite who are spoiled, rich and have not tried and struggled, and they sit in the main positions …
Countries are falling apart because of the decadent elite. People don’t deteriorate, it’s the elite that deteriorate, âhe noted.
The Prime Minister said the basic principle of a civilized society is the rule of law, in which the powerful are also bound by the law.
The biggest problem in developing countries is the lack of the rule of law and discriminatory laws for the rich and poor, he said.
He told the interviewer that he wanted to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state based on the concept of the state of Medina.
âWe want to build this country on two principles. Firstly, it should be a welfare state and a humane state that takes care of its lower social classes, and secondly, a constitutional state. “
When asked by Yusuf, the prime minister replied that his life was very varied. “I played international cricket and completed my education at the same time,” he added.
“When you play international sports, you have to be very focused. To excel, to be the best in the country, you need tunnel vision.”
He went on to say that studying while doing international sport gave him a “greater perspective” on life.
The prime minister said he had seen many ups and downs in his two decades-long career as a professional player and that that had resulted in too much “soul searching”.
“The low phases in life teach you a lot. So when you go up, your feet stay on the ground because you know you won’t stay up there forever.”
He added that towards the end of his athletic career, he finally found the faith.
“To me, faith is a gift from God. Not everyone has it,” he said.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need to control one’s ego as it is “destructive”. “True belief lets you tightly control your ego.”
Regarding the climate crisis, he said the environment should be treated as sacred.
The greatest environmental disaster in the world, called climate change, is because humans have deviated from the basic principle of protecting the earth, he claimed.
Quoting a hadith that advised people “to work for this world as if you were living forever and work for the hereafter as if you were to die tomorrow,” said Prime Minister Imran, whatever people would do today ultimately affect future generations.
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He added that the hadith fully covers everything about the environment and how to live.
The Prime Minister went on to say that if you want to get close to the Almighty, you have to live a life of dignity.
He claimed that the leadership that arose through the political system “was simply too separated from faith” for them to come to power and compromise in order to remain in power and gain personal gain.
âI find very few politicians who come with the specific goal of caring for humanity. In most developing countries they come to power out of self-interest and to make money, “said Prime Minister Imran.
âUnfortunately there were very few [Nelson] Mandelas, who stood up for a noble cause. Our great guide Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, was someone who came for a great cause. “
He added that the politicians were despised for claiming to help the people, but on the contrary, they were helping themselves.
The prime minister claimed he entered politics because of his beliefs.
âI had everything. As a sports star, I was already a big name in the country and had enough money. So it made no sense to me to fight for the office of prime minister for 22 years. The only reason was [that] I believed that I had a responsibility to society because I was given more than others. “
He said that according to all religions, a person would be tested on the basis of the benefits and privileges given in life.
“I got into politics because I had faith and realized that I was so blessed and had responsibility to society.”
He claimed that he was not engaged in politics for personal gain or to take advantage of power.
âGod has given us the power to fight. Whether we succeed or not is out of our hands, âhe added.
The Prime Minister noted that after people left Pakistan, they got a level playing field and outdone each other.
He added that in Pakistan only 1% have access to quality education and others have no chance.
âVictory in the struggle in Pakistan today will unleash the potential of the Pakistani people. And the second goal is to lift people out of poverty. “
Prime Minister Imran claimed his government had launched the largest welfare programs in the country’s history.
“Our goal was to lift people out of poverty, create and spread prosperity and break the monopoly of the elite and the mafia.”
The Prime Minister said that true faith gives dignity to a person and gives liberation to a person. “True faith gives dignity, just the fact that one does not bow to anyone who is a liberation of the people.”
(With input from APP)