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Beijing: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said he wished he could send 500 corrupt individuals in the country to jail by emulating Chinese President Xi Jinping's "crusade" against corruption.
Speaking at the China Council for Promotion of International Trade here, Khan, who is here on a two-day official visit, said that corruption as one of the biggest impediments to investment in Pakistan and one thing he had learned from China was how the country's leadership tackled corruption.
"One of President Xi Jinping's biggest crusade has been against corruption," Khan was quoted as saying by Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. He said that he has heard that some 400 "ministerial-level people" had been convicted on charges of corruption and put behind jail in the last five years in China under Xi's regime.
Imran was referring to Xi's massive anti-corruption drive launched in 2012 that reportedly netted more than 1.3 million officials at various levels, from the elite to the ordinary.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the ruling Communist Party and commander-in-chief of the military, has launched a high-profile campaign targeting party, government, military and state-owned
company officials suspected of corruption.