ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday criticised opposition parties for what he termed “a circus on containers” aimed at evading accountability. His comments were in reference to the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl’s (JUI-F) recent ‘Azadi March’ in Islamabad, which had been joined in its early stages by key opposition leaders and their parties. The prime minister had been addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Havelian-Mansehra section of the Hazara motorway. After dispensing with niceties and speaking about the potential benefits of the project, he turned his attention to the JUI-F’s dharna. “If there ever was an expert on dharnas, he is standing right here,” he said in self reference, before mocking the opposition for giving up their protest too soon. “I had said earlier that I would have agreed to all their demands if they could last a month on those containers. We [the PTI] did 126 days,” he recalled. He also criticised the JUI-F leadership for ‘hiding’ in the comfort of their ‘warm rooms’ while ordinary workers languished in the cold and rain. He also regretted the fashion in which seminary students were “brought” to the protest. Noting that the participants had seemed unaware of any common purpose of the sit-in, he alleged that Maulana Fazlur Rehman had “used” them for personal gains. He also criticised the JUI-F chief for “using religion” to make money, saying he “issues whatever fatwas you want him to if the price is right”. “[Using religion for personal benefit] is the biggest sin,” he declared. “I pray that the Maulana is spared the judgement that is waiting for him in the hereafter.” Speaking more broadly, he said opposition parties had come to Islamabad to “blackmail” the government to shut pending corruption cases against their leaders. The prime minister, however, reiterated that would not spare “a single corrupt person” in the country. “I will betray my nation if I do so,” he added. “I do not care about votes, but I do fear God and the hereafter,” he said, adding that the country had been facing financial difficulties because of said ‘corrupt politicians’. “My message [to all my opponents] is that my God has trained me for challenges. I know how to win and how to face defeat. And I know how to stand back up after I have been defeated,” he said. “It is my promise to God that I will not spare a single person who has plundered the nation’s money.” Meanwhile, PM on Monday said that those asking for a national reconciliation ordinance live in a paradise of fools, and that all institutions were on the same page to make Pakistan stronger. The prime minister, in a meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Babar Awan, said that accountability has and will always be the main priority of the government. The premier said that he would not back off from implementation of the rule of law. He added that corruption was like a termite for the country, adding that the institutions would not work until they were repaired. During the meeting, the prime minister also informed the PTI leader that his government would take a major action this month to provide relief to the people. It is as yet unclear what the action would be. According to sources, the two leaders also discussed the Lahore High Court’s decision regarding former prime minister Nawaz. LHC had allowed the former premier to travel abroad for medical treatment.