PAT using Model Town incident for political, personal gains: Daniyal


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Privatisation Daniyal Aziz said Saturday that Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and its allied political parties were doing politics over the Model Town incident for political and personal gains.

The opposition would not achieve anything from its All Parties Conference (APC) against the present government, he said while talking to a private news channel.

The minister said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had cooperated with PAT on Model Town incident and had also formed a commission to conduct the inquiry.

“We had opened the Model Town report on the demand of PAT but nothing was proved against the Punjab government in that connection,” he added.

Daniyal Aziz said that PAT leadership had lodged two first information reports on the incident to achieve its political goals.

He said that PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri held a protest demonstration and sit-in at D-Chowk in 2013 against the then Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government and introduced politics of protest which resulted in the lock down of the entire country. He alleged that former president Asif Ali Zardari was also playing politics over the Model Town incident for political point scoring.

Replying to a question, the minister said that no evidence of corruption was found against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif during the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases. Nawaz was disqualified over an Iqama but no corruption charges were found against him in the Panama Papers case, he added.

He said the PML-N government had reduced inflation and provided job opportunities to the youth, adding that the priority had always been given to strengthen and stabilise the national economy.

Meanwhile, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr Miftah Ismail said that love and affection of the people for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif could not be removed from their hearts.

During a television programme, he said that Nawaz was still the most popular leader among the masses because he had contributed countless services for the welfare and development of the country.

He said the former prime minister had launched a number of energy and welfare projects, including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).