Timber, mining mafia ruling KP
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