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Thursday, June 07, 2012
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Umer Cheema’s latest story on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf about allegations of corruption within the top leadership of the PTI and the refusal of Imran Khan to set up an inquiry committee to investigate the charges raise questions about the credibility of Imran Khan’s claims that his party would eliminate corruption within 90 days after coming into power. The PTI top leadership is in a serious conflict of interest situation if its core advisers are business partners or involved in business transactions.

The PTI must set a precedent of zero tolerance for corruption within its ranks if it is serious about its claims of eradicating the cancer of corruption from our society. Rather than blaming Umer Cheema for his investigative piece, the party leaders should focus their energies on finding out the truth and set up an internal accountability mechanism to ensure that corruption complaints are investigated impartially and the party officials involved in corruption are punished irrespective of their status.

Tahir Saleem