PTI decides to challenge NAB amendment in SC: Imran Khan
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Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan Tuesday said his party will challenge the amendment of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Supreme Court this week, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the PTI chairman said: “They should be put in jail for their shamelessness. Nobody can pass such laws shamelessly — as this government did.”
The former prime minister said he hopes that the courts will take notice of NAB amendment.
PTI Chairman said what happened in the assembly was a joke with the country, adding that without law, nation becomes a banana republic.
Imran Khan said the country cannot progress with the prevailing of corruption, adding that the justice is the key to a country’s development.
PTI Chairman said that with the NAB amendment, these people (coalition-government) will eat Rs1100b, adding that not only these people, but all the big names who indulged into money laundering will survive with the NAB amendment.
Khan — explaining how the leaders of the two big political parties, PPP and PML-N would be “saved” after the changes — said the government amended section 14 of the law, which now states that a person will only be held accountable for the “money left in the fake accounts (when a person is arrested)”.
The PTI chairman said under the current tax laws, a person has to provide the trail of his money as the onus lies on them, not the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
But Khan said after the NAB law amendments, the watchdog will have to prove whether a person accumulated wealth illicitly — as the government has shifted the burden from the person to the watchdog.
The second change, Khan said was made to the assets beyond means — section 9 — of the NAB law, which will provide relief to “major government leaders”.
“If I am a public office holder earning an income of Rs50, then I will have to explain why I have assets worth Rs100 and where did I get the extra Rs50 from. But now, they have reversed the role and the NAB will have to explain how did a public office holder get extra assets,” he said.
Furthermore, he claimed that the amendments to section 21 have now made the information on foreign assets inadmissible — meaning that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz will get “clean chits” in Avenfield Fileds case.
He added that the government has now removed the investigation of money laundering cases from NAB’s ambit and has given them solely to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
“The FIA is already under the Interior Ministry’s control. How can we imagine that Rana Sanaullah will launch cases against Nawaz Sharif or Asif Zardari,” the PTI chairman added.
The PTI chairman said that the government has also allowed people to “make money” through the Benami accounts as they will not be held accountable for the money they make in the name of their families.
“Amendments made to these laws are worse than dropping a bomb on the country,” Khan said.
Imran Khan alleged that during the regime of PTI, he (Imran Khan) was blackmailed and was asked to give NRO.
Imran Khan said: “We will fight against them, with great preparation”, adding that during the passing of FATF-related legislation, the opposition of that time had walked out and tried to take NRO.
The former prime minister claimed the US was the mastermind behind Musharraf’s NRO.
Imran Khan claimed that $60m dollar in Switzerland was digested by Asif Ali Zardari, adding that when his (Imran Khan) government was in power, pressure was exerted, but he (Imran) refused to provide NRO.
PTI Chairman claimed that this government had nothing to do to solve the inflation’s issue but to save the stolen money.
Imran Khan said Shehbaz Sharif had to be in jail, because he is facing the cases of Rs24b, adding that Asif Ali Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz will also survive the cases.
The former premier claimed the billions of rupees of Zardari and Shehbaz are in fake accounts, adding that he (Imran Khan) will continue the struggle against them.