ISLAMABAD — Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the public had given the PTI government the mandate to carry out accountability and bring those who plundered the nation’s wealth to book. “However, after coming into power we detached ourselves from these matters … we are allowing institutions to operate independently,” he explained.
Fawad was addressing a press conference in Islamabad, held in response to the media talk of PML-N leaders earlier in the day.
The PTI leader said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was only arresting those who are not cooperating in investigation. “All cases were lodged in PML-N and PPP tenures, therefore accusing us of political victimization is not fair,” he added.
In the wake of strong criticism by PML-N leaders over the accountability court’s verdict against former premier Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry also fired a broadside at the opposition parties calling them “Thugs of Pakistan”.
“The Nawaz Sharif and Zardari gang has signed the ‘charter of corruption” and they consider their plundering as real democracy”.
He said “Thugs of Pakistan” had failed to hold a successful show once again, adding that, “their faces revealed that they were lying … they were only worried about themselves.”
The info minister said PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal must have forgotten about 1980s when their party was imposed on Pakistan. Sharif family and Ahsan Iqbal were not even elected as councilors before General Ziaul Haq’s rule. “PML-N leaders are aggrieved over yesterday’s verdict against their quaid, therefore let’s ignore their personal attacks,” he said.
Fawad said disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced by an accountability court for looting public wealth.
“Nawaz Sharif was unable to prove how he ascertained his wealth not only in parliament and before the people of Pakistan but also in a court of law now,” he said while speaking to the media in Islamabad on Monday.
The federal minister said all those people who are trying to defend the Sharif family should be ashamed of themselves as the “looted money” belonged to the common people.
On Monday, Nawaz was arrested from an accountability court after he was found guilty in the Al-Azizia corruption reference and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The court acquitted the supremo of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the Flagship reference but imposed a fine of Rs1.5 billion. His sons, Hassan and Hussain, were also declared absconders.