PPP, PML-N cut ‘deal’ over NAB chairman appointment: Imran

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said on Sunday that a ‘deal’ was cut between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) over appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and that PML-N had multiple opportunities to better the state of the country.

Imran flayed NAB as well, stating that Asif Ali Zardari’s acquittal in several cases was proof that PPP and PML-N had an understanding with each other. “They have held institutions hostage,” said Imran. “Our Ehtisaab commission caught our own minister,” he said while addressing a press conference in the provincial capital.

Referring to Zardari’s acquittal, Imran said that this was the main reason why PML-N and PPP had joined hands to appoint the NAB chief. “Had a JIT not been formed by the apex court, Nawaz Sharif would also have been acquitted,” said Imran.

Imran said that NA-120 by-polls are the test case for Pakistani people. The elections in the constituency would decide whether the country would ‘change’ or ‘dacoits’ rule’ would continue.

Imran Khan has said that the party’s candidate for NA-120 by-election, Dr Yasmin Rashid, was up against the whole state along with Kulsoom Nawaz.

The PTI chief slammed Inspector-General Punjab for not taking any action when PTI’s female workers were allegedly pushed by PML-N representatives in the constituency. “Safeguarding the lives of people is the responsibility of IG Punjab,” he said. “If the IG doesn’t do his job properly, we will drag him through the courts,” he added.

Imran Khan slammed the Election Commission of Pakistan for being a silent spectator as PML-N allegedly used government resources in campaigning for the NA-120 by-election. “This is not the Pakistan wherein the Sharif family does whatever it wants to do,” he said.

He said securing victory in the NA-120 by-poll in Lahore was crucial and would serve as a test case for Pakistanis. “People are being tricked through tall claims and fake promises in election campaign by the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) in the constituency. Either might will rule in NA-120 or there would be rule of law,” he said seeking help from police to keep the PML-N workers from meddling with PTI activists running election campaign.