Shibli Faraz gives PDM a history lesson on NRO demands

By: News Desk      Published: 06:46 PM, 21 Dec, 2020
Shibli Faraz gives PDM a history lesson on NRO demands

Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz gave a history lesson to Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an 11-parties opposition alliance that when and how PDM asked for NRO from the government, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Shibli Faraz alleged PDM held negotiations for their own sake, not in the national interest and leaders of all opposition parties were present at the FATF-related meeting in which opposition got up which returned two hours later asking for 34 amendments to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) bill.

“I leave the matter in front of people whether the opposition was asking for NRO or not,” the TV channel reported.

Shibli Faraz said if the government accepted the opposition’s NAB Bill amendment that all illegal assets were legalized from 1999.

“Money laundering was demanded to be eliminated as a crime and I want to ask who would be the benefacires? And Shahbaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Faryal Talpur and Khawaja Asif names were requested to be evicted from the cases.

Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz said the public should also know the background of NRO and what was the purpose behind the Prime Minister's announcement not to issue NRO and his repeated stance.

“There was a very complicated issue on the FATF-Bill that the opposition wanted to discuss for the sake of their own interests,” he further said. 

The opposition parties want at least amendments in the National Accountability Bureau Bill in exchange of amendments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Bill, Shibli Faraz said. 

The AML bill, which was required by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to be passed by the National Assembly but on Aug 24 but it was rejected by the opposition-dominated Senate later.

The opposition proposed that below corruption worth 1 billion should not be considered as corruption cases and demanded money laundering and will full default should not be termed as a crime and demanded to delete five offences in Section 9 of NAB Act providing relief to Shahbaz Sharif the TV channel reported.