Fawad hints at extra arrests in graft instances

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GUJRAT/LAHORE: Min­is­ter for Info Fawad Chaudhry has hinted at extra arrests in corruption instances and stated the arrest of Chief of the Opposition within the Nationwide Meeting Shahbaz Sharif by the Nationwide Accountability Bureau is a “first step” on this regard.

Nonetheless, he stated the arrest of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president had nothing to do with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf authorities as all these instances had been filed earlier than the PTI got here to energy.

Speaking to reporters at his native city of Jhelum on Friday, Mr Chaudhry stated the PTI authorities had completed just one factor concerning the corruption instances; it had withdrawn all pressures on accountability watchdogs concerning taking authorized actions in opposition to these charged within the corruption references as earlier there had been stress by earlier governments on these establishments. He stated extra steps could be taken in opposition to corruption and extra arrests could be made within the coming days.

Punjab info minister says PML-N president may also face Mannequin City killings case and Saaf Pani scandal

In Lahore, Punjab Info Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan stated that in addition to the Ashiyana-i-Iqbal housing rip-off, Shahbaz Sharif would face the Mannequin City killings case and Saaf Pani mission scandal.

He stated Saaf Pani mission’s core committee members Waseem Ajmal, Ahsan Iqbal’s brother Murtaza Jamal, Zaeem Qadri’s brother Asim Qadri, Qamarul Islam Raja and former CM’s frontman Munir Chaudhry might grow to be approver in opposition to Shahbaz Sharif. He stated the previous chief minister had disbursed taxpayers’ cash amongst his family and buddies within the identify of the Saaf Paani mission.

Mr Chohan claimed that the mission launched by the Shahbaz Sharif authorities in 2014 couldn’t present a single drop of unpolluted water to the individuals in rural areas until date. He alleged that billions of rupees had been embezzled within the mission.

He stated Mr Sharif had accepted the most costly water filtration system in violation of procurement guidelines although specialists had knowledgeable him that the stand-alone system was costly and would price further billions of rupees.

Nonetheless, he stated, Mr Sharif had accepted the mission to favour his shut aides. He stated Asim Qadri was member of the board of administrators regardless of being within the enterprise of stand-alone system export.

The Punjab info minister stated the previous chief minister had employed costly worldwide consultants and provided them tens of millions of rupees, including that Mr Sharif additionally squandered public cash by sending his favourites to overseas excursions for choosing the consultants.

He stated that an inquiry committee, headed by CM’s blue-eyed Ahad Cheema, had detected a Rs7 billion corruption in opposition to Wasim Ajmal, a member of the core committee of the Saaf Paani mission, however the report was pushed below the carpet. Mr Chohan stated that even within the hiring of the contractor for the mission, the procurement guidelines weren’t adopted.

Printed in Daybreak, October sixth, 2018

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