Tim­ber, min­ing mafia rul­ing KP

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—State Min­is­ter for Wa­ter and Power Abid Sher Ali said that Pak­istan Tehrik-e-In­saf (PTI) along with a bunch of other politi­cians was con­spir­ing against Pak­istan but peo­ple would re­ject and bury their con­spir­a­cies. Speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence here Thurs­day, he said no gov­ern­ment ex­isted in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and tim­ber and min­ing mafia was rul­ing the prov­ince.

He said all the sto­ries of cor­rup­tion and mis­man­age­ment in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa would be brought be­fore the peo­ple. The two cousins were get­ting to­gether to de­te­ri­o­rate con­di­tions in Pak­istan, he added. Mem­ber Na­tional As­sem­bly Daniyal Aziz said PTI had planned ag­i­ta­tion against the gov­ern­ment even be­fore for­ma­tion of TORs com­mit­tee for a ju­di­cial com- mis­sion on Panama papers.

He said Pak­istan Mus­lim League (N) was known for strength­en­ing econ­omy and dur­ing its present ten­ure Pak­istan had record for­eign ex­change re­serves and low­est in­ter­est rates and in­fla­tion. The in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing IMF, World Bank, Moody’s and Bloomberg recog­nised the eco­nomic achieve­ments of Pak­istan, he added.

Daniyal said Pak­istan had re­ceived emerg­ing mar­ket sta­tus, adding Pak­istan had achieved eco­nomic sta­bil­ity and cur­tailed en­ergy short­ages. He said last time the op­po­si­tion wasted months by stag­ing sit ins and protests. Op­po­si­tion in­sti­gated peo­ple and asked them not pay their taxes and bills and re­sort to civil obe­di­ence, he noted.

He said facts could not be hid­den from the peo­ple, adding de­ci­sion of the ju­di­cial com­mis­sion on gen­eral elec­tions, foiled at­tempts of PTI to cre­ate in­sta­bil­ity. Op­po­si­tion con­tin­ued lies about elec­tions and now again th­ese el­e­ments were get­ting to­gether, he said adding it was ev­i­dent that Im­ran Khan would con­tinue his lies about the gov­ern­ment.

Daniyal said name of the Prime Min­is­ter was not even men­tioned in the Panama papers. PTI lead­ers Im­ran Khan, Je­hangir Ta­reen and Aleem Khan had off­shore com­pa­nies while PTI chair­man was mis­lead­ing about his flat in Lon­don.

He said PTI lead­ers were ask­ing peo­ple to in­vest money in Pak­istan while they them­selves were buy­ing as­sets abroad. There were fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ac­counts of Shaukat Khanum Can­cer Hospi­tal, he added.

He asked Im­ran Khan to give de­tails of fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions of his com­pany Ni­azi Ser­vices and other off­shore com­pa­nies. Daniyal called Im­ran Khan a master of U turn and said the PTI leader had been lev­el­ling base­less al­le­ga­tions against PMLN lead­er­ship.

He said PTI wanted two dif­fer­ent set of rules for ac­count­abil­ity of the Prime Min­is­ter and PTI lead­ers. The PMLN leader said PTI could not stop cor­rup­tion in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and there was wide­spread em­bez­zle­ment in a num­ber of de­part­ments. Crime rate had in­creased and other so­cial and eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors had wors­ened in the prov­ince, he said adding PTI MNAs had also re­belled against cor­rup­tion in the KP prov­ince.—APP

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