JI seeks NAB probe against federal ministers involved in corruption

F.P Report

TIMERGARA: Jamaat-i-Islami provincial chief and senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan has alleged that 50 per cent of the ministers in federal cabinet were involved in corruption cases and the national accountability bureau should start investigation against them.

He was addressing a ‘Leadership Convention’ arranged by JI Lower Dir at Timergara and a press conference here on Sunday. Party workers, local government representatives, district and tehsil nazims from Lower and Upper Dir, workers of the JI youth wing, Islami Jamiat Tulba and Jamiat Tulba Arabia from Lower and Upper Dir attended the event.

The JI deputy general secretary Syed Bakhtiar Maani, MPA and former senior minister Inayatullah Khan, former lawmakers Sahibzada Tariqullah, Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, Izaz ul Mulk Afkari, Muzafar Syed, Saeed Gul, JI Upper Dir emir advocate Hanifullah, provincial secretary information and former students’ leader Suhaib Ahmad Kakakhel and others also addressed the convention.

The speakers said the JI had launched mass movement against inflation, price hike and growing unemployment in the country. They asked the workers to mobile masses against the government failure to control inflation and price hike.

Senator Mushtaq Ahmad said that national economy had been on ventilator while the state had been on the mercy of International Monitory Fund and other world institutions. He said the PTI government was a continuation of status quo as it was not different from governments in the past. He said that nearly half of the ministers in federal cabinet remained ministers in the cabinets of General Pervez Musharaf, Yousaf Raza Gilani and PML-Q. He said the government had handed over the finance ministry, State Bank of Pakistan and federal bureau of revenue to the IMF. He alleged that corrupt mafia still governed the nation.

“The government has taken 6 billion Dollar loan so far and increased burden on masses many folds,” the JI provincial chief said, adding the slogan to establish ‘Medina State’ in Pakistan was meant to deceive the masses again. He said the presentation of a deficit budget showed the inability and inefficiency of the government at the center.

He also condemned the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government decision to extend the superannuation period for retirement of government employees and said it would close doors on youngsters to get jobs.    

The JI leader said the government wanted to escape from election in the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but the JI would not let it do so.

He said his party would fully support the lawyers’ movement against the government for filing presidential reference against the Justice Faeez Issa. 

The speakers asked workers to be prepared for a sit-in like that of 1993 at Islamabad. They said the public mandate had been stolen during the 2018 general election. They also urged workers to shun differences and make preparations for local government polls.