PM Imran 'defends' ministers linked to corruption in power sector

By: News Desk      Published: 10:13 PM, 21 Apr, 2020
PM Imran 'defends' ministers linked to corruption in power sector
Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar (Left) and Abdul Razak Dawood attend a press conference.–File photo

The inside story of Tuesday’s meeting of the federal cabinet is out now.

According to sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan defended the federal ministers who have been named in an inquiry report on corruption in the power sector.

Sources said the prime minister directed his cabinet members to defend the tainted ministers like Nadeem Babar, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar and Abdul Razak Dawood. The sources quoted the prime minister as saying that Nadeem Babar, Khusro Bakhtiyar and Abdul Razak Dawood are honest and competent ministers. He said there was no doubt about honesty of these three ministers and he was hopeful that the inquiry commission would clear them of all charges.

The prime minister said that it were the former governments, which signed agreements with independent power producers in the past. He said that ordinary people of Pakistan were getting costly electricity due to flawed policies of the past governments. The prime minister gave these remarks in the absence of the three ministers at the heart of the inquiry into power sector corruption.

According to the sources, Nadeem Babar’s Orient Company has been accused of making an additional $1.7 billion from the power consumers.