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He said it is be­yond per­cep­tion that why the op­po­si­tion mis­quotes the name of the Prime Min­is­ter and de­sires his name in the ToRs. “Let the ToRs be fi­nal­ized and a Commission for in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­sti­tuted where the sons of the Prime Min­is­ter shall also clear their po­si­tion.”

The min­is­ter said, it is the mat­ter of the com­pa­nies reg­is­tered in the names of the sons of the Prime Min­is­ter. Even there is no al­le­ga­tion against them by now whether the money in­vested in those com­pa­nies was earned through il­le­gal means.

He said the gov­ern­ment en­dorses the de­mand of the op­po­si­tion to clar­ify about in­vest­ment in off­shore com­pa­nies but de­mands that this in­ves­ti­ga­tion should be done against all those who are al­leged of earn­ing money through il­le­gal means.

“Whether it is the name of PM’s sons or Je­hangir Ta­reen, or Aleem Khan or oth­ers, all should be probed about le­gal­ity and sources of their in­come,” he said.

The Min­is­ter said when there is no al­le­ga­tion against the Prime Min­is­ter, why the op­po­si­tion de­sires that the Prime Min­is­ter should ap­pear be­fore a court as an ac­cused when there is no al­le­ga­tion against them.

“Prime Min­is­ter is not re­luc­tant to ac­count­abil­ity. But, we are also a party and have our po­lit­i­cal stand­ing, then why base­less al­le­ga­tions against a leader who has al­ready twice faced ac­count­abil­ity dur­ing the eras of Pervez Mushar­raf and Be­nazir Bhutto,” he added.

Per­vaiz Rashid ex­plained that dur­ing Mushar­raf era a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion was held against the Prime Min­is­ter and so hap­pened dur­ing the BB ten­ure when the fam­ily mem­bers were put be­hind bars and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were held. But, in both cases no ev­i­dence of earn­ing money by il­le­gal means or cor­rup­tion was es­tab­lished.

He said if the op­po­si­tion ToRs are placed in front of any per­son he will clearly state that these are one per­sons spe­cific and lack the gist to bring all cor­rupt to the justice. “The cur­rent ToRs of the op­po­si­tion clearly feel like vil­i­fy­ing one per­son. These ToRs are ac­tu­ally an out­come of the de­feated minds who had re­peat­edly been beaten by the PML-N in elec­tions.”

He said PTI wants ac­count­abil­ity of the Prime Min­is­ter for charges not lev­eled against him but has for­got­ten the case un­der trial at Elec­tion Commission for mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of the party funds.

He said all the ques­tions raised by the op­po­si­tion off and on were ad­dressed in the ToRs framed by the gov­ern­ment. “Let the Commission be con­sti­tuted and ev­ery­body in­clud­ing the sons of the Prime Min­is­ter clear their po­si­tion be­fore the Commission.”

The min­is­ter said, it can­not hap­pen that those de­feated by us in elec­tions bring forth ToRs of their choice and ask the Prime Min­is­ter to face trial.

He chal­lenged the op­po­si­tion to point out any cor­rup­tion, commission or kick backs on part of the Prime Min­is­ter dur­ing his all the three tenures. “Let the op­po­si­tion write down the crimes in the ToRs and not the names of the per­sons, we shall be ready to clear our po­si­tion. But, as far as the present ToRs of the op­po­si­tion are con­cerned, these are bi­ased and based on per­sonal vendetta,”

An­swer­ing a ques­tion, the min­is­ter said the Prime Min­is­ter is ex­pected to re­turn be­fore Eid-ul-fitr. The doc­tors usu­ally ad­vise two to three weeks rest af­ter such a surgery and even in that mat­ter, the PM is ex­pected to re­turn be­fore Eid.

Com­ment­ing on the re­turn of Dr Tahirul Qadri and his planned sit-in in La­hore, the min­is­ter said, he tried it in the past as well and now again he has come to Pak­istan to ex­ploit emo­tions of his fol­low­ers. “Dr Qadri has bunch of fol­low­ers whom he gath­ers at sit-ins for some days and then goes abroad leav­ing them alone.”

He said Qadri’s last sitin was less in num­ber than the one staged in the PPP era. In pre­vi­ous sit-in he had to even hire peo­ple on daily wages who were paid for at­tend­ing sit-in and lis­ten­ing to ser­mons of Dr Qadri.

The min­is­ter as far as Im­ran Khan was con­cerned, he be­lieved that PTI Chief not be part of any ef­fort to de­rail democ­racy when only on year re­mains in gen­eral elec­tions and 2017 will be the year of elec­tion cam­paign.

“There­fore, I think Im­ran would pre­fer to go to masses in elec­tion cam­paign with is charge sheet and we shall go to masses with our de­vel­op­ment agenda and per­for­mance in the gov­ern­ment. Im­ran will not like to get his name writ­ten in the his­tory as an anti-democ­racy leader like As­ghar Khan,” he added.

“Peo­ple are the best judge of the per­for­mance of any gov­ern­ment and we shall go to them on ba­sis of our per­for­mance on com­ple­tion of our ten­ure and let the op­po­si­tion also go to masses with their charge sheet,” the min­is­ter said.—APP

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