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Federal Minister for Information Mr. Fawad Chaudhry, while talking to media, said that the government was under extreme pressure to sign a deal with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) if it was interested to stay in the office. Mr. Chaudhry categorically stated that the political rivals want the government not to get tough on Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.
It is important to note that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been convicted by an accountability court twice for having assets beyond means and misuse of his authority. Former President Asif Ali Zardari is accused of misuse of his authority and fake bank accounts which were reportedly used for money laundering. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated inquiries against many politicians and senior bureaucrats who were allegedly involved in the cases related to corruption and misuse of authority.
“We laid the foundations of a corruption-free Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan and now we are heading towards economic prosperity,” declared Mr. Chaudhry.
Federal Minister for Information maintained that his government is receiving unsolicited advice from various quarters on how to deal with the cases against the former prime minister and former president. “Every day, there is someone telling us that our anti-corruption efforts are hindering the functioning of the parliament. Some people are advising us to go easy on Zardari and Nawaz Sharif; others want us to negotiate settlements,” he said.
But he also reminded the opposition that the Prime Minister will never give them any deal at any cost. “These people need to realize that until the PTI is in power and Imran Khan is the prime minister of Pakistan, there will be no deals for the corrupt,” he reiterated.
Observers opine that the present government is under unprecedented pressure for its anti-corruption war against the status quo. As a matter of fact, different identity cards including Sindhi card and the deletion of the 18th amendment from the constitution were used by the certain segments who did not want accountability process to reach to its logical conclusion.
Moreover, it is also being speculated that the coalition government in Balochistan is no longer safe since the former president is using his influence to put more pressure on the ruling party. There is also a question about the extension of military courts in the parliament.
Some TV commentators ignore all being done by the present government and continuously point out the flaws in order to lessen its popularity.
But the government is not interested to accommodate former president or PML-N at the cost of its ideology. Federal Minister for information has said many times that the government won’t compromise on rule of law. “We laid the foundations of a corruption-free Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan and now we are heading towards economic prosperity,” declared Mr. Chaudhry.
Analysts also argue that some segments of media are also running campaigns against the government for its ‘undue’ focus on the eradication of corruption. Some TV commentators ignore all being done by the present government and continuously point out the flaws in order to lessen its popularity. For instance, it is too often said that the present prime minister was not elected but selected by the establishment.
This reflects the inherent prejudices of some analysts and anchors working as independent journalists. Therefore, political commentators advised the government to be careful while making decisions since there is an organized campaign against the PTI-led administration and a single mistake would lead to some very dangerous situation.