NAB cases only due to 18th Amendment, NFC Award: Bilawal
PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Wednesday said they were being held accountable only because of introducing the 18th Amendment and the NFC (National Finance Commission) Award.
He was commenting on the indictment of former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Toshakhana reference by an accountability court early in the day.
Register FIR over the 18th Amendment and the NFC Award if you have courage, remarked Bilawal at a press conference in Mirpurkhas.
He said the Toshakhana reference was like an SHO resorting to torture after levelling a bogus allegation. “End this joke. What kind of trial is this,” said the PPP chairman.
All the cases were politically-motivated and a joke, he said and added that two Pakistans could clearly be seen in Naya Pakistan. “Is the Panama [papers] issue limited to Nawaz Sharif only,” Bilawal questioned.
The dual system won’t work, he remarked and stressed that the people of Pakistan needed justice.
Without naming Shahzad Akbar, he said a special assistant was more important than the prime minister and had been lecturing on TV screens every day. One of the special assistants was mentioned in the Panama Papers while the prime minister did not accept the resignation of another, Bilawal remarked.
He also took the PTI-led federal government to the task over the recently-announced package for Karachi, saying Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had already a programme under which Rs800 would be spent on different projects in Karachi.
The government should contribute an equal or double amount so that the country’s economic hub could be transformed, said the PPP chairman. “Pay the share or stop this circus,” he maintained as he also mentioned the cut in the provinces’ shares in the NFC Award under the PTI government.
Bilawal mentioned that interior Sindh experienced wide scale destruction due to the recent heavy rains as he cited the example of Mirpurkhas which received around 20 percent more rains than Karachi and thus still inundated after the flood.
The provincial government, Bilawal stressed, could not assist the affected people amid the financial crunch and urged the Centre to come forward to tackle the issue. In this connection, he demanded announcement of agriculture emergency and provision of immediate relief to farmers who have suffered unprecedented losses.
Referring to the removal Capt (retd) Shoaib Dastgir, the PPP chairman also cited the situation in Punjab which, he said, was facing worst kind of poor governance under “Wasim Akram Plus” (Chief Minister Usman Buzdar).
The province now has its sixth IG since the PTI came into power in Punjab two years ago, he noted.