Is Fawad NAB’s spokesperson, asks Marriyum

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) central spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has demanded that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) should either take official notice of Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry’s statements or should issue his formal notification as NAB’s spokesperson.

Talking to the media in Islamabad, Marriyum said that Fawad knows he is about to lose his job, he, therefore, is trying to please his masters by cussing at the PML-N leadership while at the same time doubling as the spokesperson of NAB.

“The cases were filed in the court, by the NAB, against Nawaz and Shehbaz. In what capacity did Fawad say that Nawaz could be allowed to go abroad if he agrees on a plea bargain and that the decision of Shehbaz’s removal from ECL will be challenged? This clearly endorses what the opposition had been saying all along and proves the unholy matrimony between the PTI government and NAB. NAB should either issue formal notification of Fawad as their spokesperson or NAB chairman should take notice of all this,” Marriyum said.

She further said that the government has been doing all it can: from abuse of power to issuing threatening statements to influence and abuse NAB for its vengeful political victimisation.

Marriyum slammed NAB for its double standards and said that NAB arrests opposition leaders mid inquiry while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister roams freely with corruption investigations pending and the prime minister, with cases pending in NAB, is treated like a celebrity by the bureau.

She lambasted at the NAB for standing akimbo while a convicted felon who admitted to money laundering and insider trading addresses the cabinet on land reforms. She said that after plundering the national taxpayer’s money, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen had now been given a free hand to plunder the hard-earned land of the farmers by the ‘monarch’ Imran Khan in the worse exhibition of blatant contempt of court.

She said that Aleema Khan, sister of the premier, woke up with billions in her account, but no one in the NAB bats an eye. This, she said, is because everyone in NAB knows that Aleema Khan is the ‘benamidar’ of Imran Khan and all this illegal wealth and undeclared assets are Imran Khan’s property.

She further said that it was also proven in the court that Imran Khan and his ‘court jesters’ were lying that Nawaz Sharif had refused treatment offered to him not had he demanded to go abroad.

She also said that there is no courtesy or precedence in PTI’s culture to apologise over blatant lies, instead, they start preparing a bigger falsehood every time their lies are exposed.

She thanked the workers and supporters of PML-N who prayed for the recovery and health of Nawaz Sharif. Marriyum said that it is because of their prayers that Nawaz’s treatment will now start in accordance with the directives of the honourable court.

“The entire performance of the Prime Minister Imran Khan has been ranting and whining about Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif while at the same time shamelessly inaugurating projects built by Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif. From re-inaugurating PML-N’s project of health card to cutting the ribbon of motorways built by Nawaz and Shehbaz or the announcement of petroleum reserves already sanctioned by the PML-N government under Nawaz Sharif.” She said while criticising the government.

The former information minister said that while it might take a while to draw oil from the discovered reserves, the PTI government, with its policies, had lynched the people for every drop of their blood.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan, while you were standing on the container slinging mud at true public leaders Nawaz and Shehbaz, they were busy building motorways and hospitals that you are inaugurating now. When you were telling the people to burn their electricity bills, Nawaz and Shehbaz were busy adding 11000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid. When you were fooling the people with your monstrous lie of 350 dams in the clouds, Nawaz and Shehbaz were actually constructing projects to provide for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). When you had run away into your encroached land home in Bani Gala, Shehbaz Sharif was busy helping people of KP fight and recover from dengue fever,” she concluded.