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According to media reports a court in Tando Adam (Sindh) on Thursday sentenced Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MPA Dewan Sachanand to three years in prison after he was found guilty of issuing a fake cheque, which was dishonored by the bank due to insufficient funds in his account. The judicial magistrate of the court, Kamran Kalhoro, reportedly sent the Sindh Assembly lawmaker to a sub-jail in Tando Adam following the verdict.
According to details in 2013, Sachanand had given a cheque for Rs10 million to an individual named Mohammad Ayub Rajput in Sanghar district in a deal for agricultural land. After failing to resolve the case through lawmakers in the area, Rajput had filed a case against the MPA.
Recently, Federal Minister for Information Mr. Fawad Chaudhary has also mentioned that PTI ministers’ ‘resigning on moral grounds just after the allegations’ clarifies the intentions of the government.
Rajput passed away during the litigation process after which his son Mohammad Ali pursued the case in court. In light of the evidence, including the dishonored cheque and other documents, Sachanand was found guilty and taken into custody.
Moreover, during the general election in July 2018, Sachanand was elected as a member of the Sindh Assembly on the ticket for PTI’s minority seat. As a matter of fact, Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear before the nation that his government is against corruption and misuse of authority.
Mr. Khan has also categorically clarified that ministers and lawmakers who belong to the PTI should never forget that the rule of law is for everyone. This is the latest example of the rule of law in Pakistan where a lawmaker belonging to the ruling party has been taken into custody by the police.
It is important to mention here that PTI’s government is setting new precedents where already Federal Minister Mr. Azam Sawati has resigned merely to uphold moral authority as he is being probed over allegedly using his influence and office to transfer the former Inspector General of Islamabad Jan Muhammad. Recently, Federal Minister for Information Mr. Fawad Chaudhary has also mentioned that PTI ministers’ ‘resigning on moral grounds just after the allegations’ clarifies the intentions of the government.
Analysts believe that it is very important for the sitting PM to maintain his words and go after everyone misusing his/her office or taking brides. This will help Pakistan countering its economic crisis at the long run.