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Aleem Khan, Provincial Minister of Punjab for Local Government and Community Development, has said on Sunday that Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) which historically governed Sindh would meet the same fate as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which historically ruled in Punjab. He was speaking to some delegations at his office. Provincial Minister made it clear that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is committed to make Pakistan corruption free.
The PTI leader stated that the looters of Sindh would not be let off from their accountability as neither of PPP President Asif Ali Zardari’s ‘Sindh card’ or sympathy politics would work anymore. Analysts believe that the former president who is facing corruption charges is making his all attempts to invoke identity card in order to seek maximum public support to evade accountability.
PM Khan and Federal Minister for Information Fawad Ch. have repeatedly said that the government believes in across the board accountability and there will be no compromise on rule of law.
It is also a matter of general observation in Pakistan and the PPP has been in power many times but it always claimed to be a federalist party. At the moment when PPP’s top leadership is under the tight scrutiny and PTI’s government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan who has categorically rejected to sign any NRO has pushed it into hot waters.
Political commentators argue that different narratives about missing persons, minorities, civilian supremacy and rights of Sindh by the former president are the tactics to divert the attention of the masses from the report declared by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT). The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) to constitute a JIT to look into money-laundering and fake accounts case, allegedly involving former president and his sister Faryal Talpur on 5th September.
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The SC ordered the formation on the recommendations of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The FIA presented its report on the 28th August and recommended the court to form a JIT. “We are forming a JIT and it will submit a report on the matter every 15 days,” Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said as he headed a three-judge bench.
Moreover, the PTI leader also stated that the PPP should have answered the questions raised by the JIT. “Rather than giving answers on the JIT findings they are hiding away,” Mr. Khan said. It is important to mention here that Mr. Zardari is also accused of not declaring his assets in his nomination papers during the general elections 2018. The petition was filed by the PTI lawmakers before the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for his disqualification. The ECP has accepted the petition.
The JIT has also come up with findings which establish the case of money laundering and fake accounts against the former president. Since the day the NAB and other anti-corruption watchdogs are after Mr. Zardari he is reportedly using different identity cards in order to avoid accountability.