ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Monday called for the accountability of the looters of public money.
He asked both the PPP and PML-N why they could not agree on a law to fight corruption, whereas they conveniently evolved consensus on three major constitutional amendments in four years.
The PTI chairman was talking to mediapersons here at PTI Central Secretariat. Imran was flanked by Javed Hashmi, Jehangir Tareen, Zahid Hussain Kazmi and others.He also took NAB Chairman Fasih Bokhari to task and said he could not on his own or someone’s direction decide which corruption cases were to be probed and which not.
He asked Bokhari to step down and explain his relationship with real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain.Imran alleged politicians were involved in all major corruption cases, and how an individual like Zardari or Bokhari could decide that corruption cases should not be pursued against politicians that included Ephedrine scandal.
The PTI chief questioned why PPP and PML-N made no real effort to enact anti-corruption law in these four years. “If they can sit together to agree on a caretaker set-up and I can say with conviction that they are one against PTI,” he claimed.
Imran charged that President Zardari had purchased loyalties of politicians and was taking Pakistan for a ride, as the state institutions such as Pakistan Steel Mills had been rendered bankrupt.
He noted those in the National Assembly, who had sold their loyalty to Zardari, were rewarded with ministerial slots.PTI chief claimed that Zardari had attacked Supreme Court through Malik Riaz but failed to achieve his diabolical targets.
He pointed out that NAB chairman in his news conference had given another example of a deal (muk-muka) between President Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, being engaged in a fixed match (noora kushti).
Imran wondered why Nawaz was silent on memo scandal and Husain Haqqani’s role in it.PTI chief was upset over Bokhari’s statement of not reopening cases against Nawaz and other politicians because general election was around.
He alleged Nawaz was playing the fixed role of opposition because of the fear of his party (PTI). Imran, while referring to a book, said that Nawaz was involved in corruption, and challenged the PML-N leader to proceed against its publisher if it had filed an incorrect report about him.
He again challenged Malik Riaz Hussain to reveal on oath the names of all those military men, politicians and bureaucrats, who were so far paid by him.About the ongoing strike of young doctors, Imran claimed they could resolve the issue amicably if the government of Punjab approached them in this connection. He claimed non-seriousness was being shown with regards to the issue of doctors, and noted fake drugs, dengue outbreak and fire in children’s ward had exposed Punjab chief minister’s claims of good governance.
About Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, he said Raja Rental knew nothing about the law, as he was found involved by the Supreme Court in the multi-billion rental power corruption scandal.
Asked about the option of reopening Nato supplies, he supported it only for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. Imran condemned the recent drone attacks and asked the government to make public names of those killed in these attacks.
He said PTI would start democracy from within by holding intra-party election and details of all the office-bearers would be put on the website.Earlier, a former minister of PML-N, Ahmad Saeed Qureshi, announced his joining the PTI.