Pak Govt to form
commission to probe PTI
claims about conspiracy,
report to be made public


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb Thursday announced that the government had decided to form an inquiry commission to investigate the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claims about foreign conspiracy

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the minister she said that the commission would be headed by such an impartial person that no one would be able to raise a finger on him. Imran Khan had made claims about a foreign conspiracy to hide mammoth corruption under his rule.

The information minister dubbed PTI claims about foreign conspiracy as “a spectacle” and said that Imran Khan cannot hide his incompetence behind foreign conspiracy claims.

Marriyum said that the commission’s terms of reference would be laid before the federal cabinet at its next meeting and after the inquiry its report would be made public.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb addresses a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said this drama of allegations should come to an end. She said those who are hurling allegations of foreign conspiracy will have to face the law after the findings of the inquiry commission.

She said that the people are bearing the brunt of the incompetence and loot of the last government. She said the PTI government destroyed the economy and left behind the landmines.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government is also determined to protect freedom of expression, which had become obscure in last government.

Earlier, in a series of tweets today [Thursday], Information Minister said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given relief in a matter of two weeks to the masses hit hard by the inflation of the last four years.

She said there were no longer queues of mothers, sisters and daughters outside the utility stores in the holy month of Ramadan for the purchase of one kilogram of sugar. She said the people today are getting cheap flour, sugar and ghee.

She pointed out that the prices of these essential items were at a record level during the era of Imran Khan.

Criticizing the policies of previous government, Marriyum Aurangzeb said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is trying to save the people as much as possible from the burden of incompetence and loot of Imran Khan.

The information minister said that business partnerships are now being forged with the brotherly countries of Saudi Arabia and the UAE for the country’s development.

Economic and inflation situation

Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Thursday that inflation in the country was at an all-time high because of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s incompetence, inefficiency, loot and plunder.

In her reaction to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain’s statement, she said that Imran’s corruption, loot and plunder were the cause of ruined economy, unemployment and worst inflation.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb addresses a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday.

During the rule of Imran Khan, the prices of flour, sugar, Ghee, medicines and fertilizer remained at the highest level in history of the country, she maintained.

“Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given relief to the people from inflation of years in just two weeks time”, Marriyum Aurangzeb remarked.

She said that today, after four years, people were getting cheap sugar, wheat flour and ghee because today cartels and mafia were not imposed on them.

Farah Gogi scam

Taking a dig on the PTI leadership, she said the hue and cry was not about foreign conspiracy, rather it was the mourning for rescue of Farah Gogi.

Denouncing the policies of the previous government, she said economic terrorists who planted “economic mines” were today mourning their own incompetence, loot and plunder.

The gang of conspirators looted the country for four years and hatched plot against the people, she opined. Those who looted treasury and national exchequer for four years, were now trying to save Farah Gogi in the name of foreign conspiracy.

The minister said that Imran Khan was trying to save Farah Gogi whereas Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was trying to protect the people of Pakistan.

She said that due to efforts of the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, now there were no queues outside the utility stores for purchasing only one kg kilogram sugar. Today, after four years, people were getting cheap flour, sugar and ghee within two weeks of the present government coming to power.

Now, she said brotherly countries, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, were forging business partnerships for the country’s development while in the past former PM Imran used to beg for assistance.

Calling the alleged foreign conspiracy, a lie, Aurangzeb said this is to save former PM’s wife Bushra Bibi’s close aide Farhat Shehzadi aka Farah Khan. “This is Gogi bachao tehreek (save Gogi movement),” she added.

CJP best person to head probe commission

Meanwhile, PTI has rejected the government commission and said that they will agree and recognise the commission which will be formed under the free and independent judiciary. PTI leader and former Information Minister Fawad Choudhary said that all allegations against Farah Godi are baseless and government is levelling allegations against her just because the government could not find any proof against her and PTI.

The PTI Chairman Imran Khan has been demanding that a commission should be set up to investigate the alleged conspiracy. A demand that now seems the government following up on.

However, former prime minister Imran Khan, earlier this week, had said in an interview that since the PTI-led government was toppled through a conspiracy, a commission must be formed under the chairmanship of the chief justice of Pakistan as he’s the best person to oversee the probe.

What is the Cablegate?

The controversy surrounding the no-confidence motion against the former premier Imran Khan took a dramatic turn when the embattled PM brandished a letter at a rally on March 27 — days before his ouster — claiming it contained evidence of a “foreign conspiracy” hatched to topple his government.

Imran had kept mum about the contents of the letter when he first unveiled it but he spilled the beans days later by naming the United States when the exit of his government appeared imminent.

Imran’s allegation that the US spearheaded his exit from power was based on a cable received from Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed, in which the envoy had reported about a meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs Donald Lu.

Majeed had reportedly said that Donald Lu warned that Imran Khan’s continuation in office, who was set to face a vote of no confidence, would have repercussions on bilateral relations. The US was said to be annoyed with Imran over his “independent foreign policy” and visit to Moscow.

The Pentagon and the State Department have repeatedly rejected the accusations, saying there was no veracity to it.

The National Security Committee (NSC), which includes all services chiefs as well as the head of Pakistan’s top intelligence agency, took up the matter on March 31 with then premier Imran Khan in the chair. The forum decided to issue a “strong demarche” to a country that it did not name over what it termed as “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan”.

It had also termed the interference “unacceptable under any circumstances” and said the language used in the communique was undiplomatic.

While the forum had stopped short of calling the interference a conspiracy at the time, another meeting of the NSC was held on April 22 with newly elected premier Shehbaz Sharif in the chair, and which included the same military chiefs who attended the March 31 session.

During its second meeting, the NSC statement said it “reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting” and explicitly went on to add that it found no evidence of a foreign conspiracy.