ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday accused former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of failing to mention an apartment that he allegedly owns in the United States in a declaration submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Chaudhry also said that his party’s Khurram Sherzaman will soon file a reference against Zardari for not declaring the property in his nomination papers.“He [Zardari] was required to declare that property under Articles 62 and 63, which he didn’t. He is therefore not eligible to be a lawmaker,” he said.
Fawad Chaudhry, who made the allegation while addressing the media in Islamabad, also said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government was delivering on its promise of a “corruption-free Pakistan”.
He further said that investigative agencies had been given a “free hand” to investigate any politician — regardless of the party they belonged to — whose activities are found to be suspicious. When asked about an ongoing inquiry against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Chaudhry said that the National Accountability Bureau was investigating the matter.
“To the people who […] point at PTI members and claim that they are not being held accountable [for their actions]: We were not in power for the past 10 years. For [the past] five years, we were in the KP government [only] and [that tenure] remained scandal free,” the minister said while arguing that the ongoing corruption references against key opposition lawmakers had been initiated during the PML-N’s tenure.
The information minister further said that “the world could see” that Pakistan’s system were becoming more transparent due to the PTI’s anti-corruption stance.