ISLAMABAD – PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government had been given enough time and warned the Pakistan People’s Party will launch a movement against the rulers along with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
Speaking at a news conference after the National Accountability Bureau arrested Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, Zardari claimed that the government had isolated Pakistan in the world.
“Enough is enough. We will launch a movement against the government along with the other parties including the PML-N. In summers you might have to sell your car to pay the electricity bill if this government continues (with its policies),” he said.
To a question, he said the PPP would also support Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s anti-government movement and will never strike a deal with the rulers.
The PPP leader said Pakistan and Iran must hold a dialogue to remove the misunderstandings. “If Iran has any misunderstandings they should contact Pakistan. There should be talks. Look out, do we have any friend among the world,” he added.
Zardari said his party was behind the close ties with China and will support further engagement with Beijing.
He strongly condemned arrest of Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani by the NAB saying it was tantamount to challenging the democracy.
He said the PPP leaders were not afraid as they have seen imprisonment in past as well, adding the NAB law must be amended for transparent accountability. Zardari said he himself and the other PPP leaders respected the courts and would face the cases.
Zardari said the government even did not know the diplomatic norms as they used a minister to tweet the decision that opposition would not be invited to the dinner in honour of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Laden over the weekend.
“They (the government) claimed the opposition is not eligible to be invited. In fact the PTI is not eligible to rule. They have failed in all sectors. We welcomed the Crown Prince (of Saudi Arabia) in Pakistan. We also want friendly ties with all other countries,” he said.
Asked about the Memorandums of Understanding with Saudi Arabia worth billions of dollars, he said: “The MoUs are only ‘would be’ ‘could be’ ‘should be’. The reality is that this government has isolated the country.”
On the tension with India after the Pulwama attack that killed several Indian soldiers, the PPP leader said a similar situation had arisen when he was the President. “We compelled India to back down and handled it through diplomatic channels,” he said, referring to the Mumbai attacks in 2008.
He criticised the government for mishandling the situation with India. “Back street drivers do not understand politics, which is why this issue keeps on escalating.”
An Accountability Court in Karachi on Thursday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) the physical remand on Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani till March 1. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader was presented before the accountability court amid tight security as NAB sought his physcial remand.
NAB officials arrested Durrani, who was under investigation in three cases pertaining to illegal appointments, accumulating assets beyond means, and embezzlement of funds, from a private hotel in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The PPP leader was then presented before an accountability court and his three-day transit remand was secured.
The accountability bureau had sought seven-day transit remand of Durrani, but the accountability court granted three-day transit remand and directed NAB to produce him before the relevant court in Karachi within three days. The Sindh Assembly speaker was then transported to Karachi and shifted to a NAB office.
According to Durrani’s family, NAB officers carried out a raid at their residence in Karachi on Wednesday night and took with them several documents and files. In all, they took three boxes’ worth of items and papers after the seven-hour-long raid, the family said.
NAB had initiated three separate inquiries against Durrani last year for allegedly owning assets beyond means, illegally recruiting 352 individuals on various government positions and embezzlement of funds for the construction of the MPA Hostel and construction of the new Sindh Assembly building.
NAB clarifies Mangi was not brought from Sindh to arrest Siraj Durrani
ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on vehemently denied media reports alleging that Irfan Mangi, a Sindhi officer brought from Sindh to arrest the Sindhis. NAB has said that NAB is a national institution is taking action across the broad throw out the country to eradicate the menace of corruption in accordance with law and no province enjoying immunity in this regard.
He said that officers of NAB has no affiliation with any party, individual or group. NAB condemns provincialism. NAB officers have first and last affiliation with state of Pakistan.NAB officers are performing their duties with honesty, transparently, dedication in accordance with law.
The baseless propaganda against NAB is aimed at impacting NAB activities. NAB will continue its working in accordance with law. The NAB Karachi team had arrested Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani from Islamabad in a case of having assets beyond known sources of income. The arrest matter was supervised by Operations Division and Intelligence Wing of NAB headquarters under the supervision of Chairman NAB. The medical check up of the accused Agha Siraj Durrani Speaker Sindh Assembly was conducted. He was presented immediately in Accountability court for transit remand.
The accountability court Islamabad granted three day transit remand of the accused. NAB has also finalized the arrangements for shifting of the accused. He will be soon shifted to Karachi as NAB Karachi team is already in Islamabad to accomplish the job.Law will make its course in this case.