Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Sunday said before launching any accountability movement, PTI chief Imran Khan should first respond to the charge-sheet of former director general of the Khyber Pakhyunkhwa Ehtesab Commission regarding massive irregularities in the affairs of the KP government.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief should clarify his position before the Election Commission about the embezzlement in the charity donations, he said while talking to different news channels.
He said Imran Khan should focus on the development agenda instead of doing ‘negative politics’ on container; otherwise, the 2018 general elections would end his politics forever.
The minister said Imran Khan had been concealing his offshore companies for 23 years and the facts about which had now surfaced. He had lost moral authority to launch an accountability movement, he added. He said the PTI chief should bring his own house in order as his party leaders also owned offshore firms and he had even sacked KP Ehtesab Commission DG for charge sheeting his party’s government. The PTI government also removed head of the the Anti-Corruption Department in KP, the minister added.
Imran’s party was rampant of those who had got their bank loans written off, he added.
He said the politics of agitation and chaos would help the enemies of peace and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) achieve their nefarious designs.
Pervaiz Rashid said people and international institutions had acknowledged transparency in the development projects launched by the government.
He was of the view that spending millions of rupees to gather people for rallies was no big achievement of the PTI.
To a question, he said the legislation would be made to strengthen accountability system and make it more transparent. “We will not let the enemies of peace to regain strength and peace will be promoted in the country.”
Pervaiz Rashid said Imran Khan had committed to eliminate corruption within 90 days (after coming to power) but it proved a farce.
He said the people had already rejected Imran Khan’s allegations against the federal government. He had no right to criticize others when his own integrity was being questioned, he added.
Replying to another question, he said the government would inject additional 10,400 MW electricity to the national grid by the end of 2017 to bring relief to the people.
He said China lauded Pakistan’s government for speedy execution of development projects and named this accelerated pace as ‘Punjab Speed’.
He said the people desired to see the development of Gwadar Port and completion of motorways as the same would usher a new era of job opportunities and economic stability for them.
The minister said if the people had any doubt about the integrity of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, they would have voted for the PTI candidates in Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, local government, bye-elections and Cantonment Board elections. But contrarily, they had rejected Imran Khan’s politics of allegations (by voting for PNL-N candidates).
If there was any truth in Imran Khan’s charge sheet against the government, he should go to the public, he added.He opined that the PTI protests would not only affect the completion of power projects but also hinder foreign investment in Pakistan.
The minister said peace had been restored in the country through successful implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) and sacrifices rendered by the personnel of security forces.
Pervaiz Rashid said Imran Khan enjoyed no public support,
otherwise the people would have taken to streets.
The people just wanted progress and prosperity that could only be possible under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he said, adding that they had no desire to become part of the PTI’s negative politics.
Not a single corruption case had surfaced against the PML-N leaders during last three years of the party government, he said.
The minister said the people had witnessed Imran Khan addressing empty chairs and his 120-day flopped ‘Dharna’ film in 2014, and his new protest movement would be just replay of his previous drama.
He said in the past people used to come on streets voluntarily as they did for the restoration of judiciary and against the dictatorial regimes of Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan.
But Imran Khan had to spend millions of rupees to convince the people for his last protest movement and this time too, he would manage such a gathering that would disperse within days, he added.
The minister said instead of sit-ins, Imran Khan should better raise the issues in the Parliament and support the government for legislation to strengthen the accountability system.