ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defense Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Thursday assured the House that the PML-N leadership was ready for any accountability.
Responding to points raised by leader of the opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah he said the PML-N leadership faced strict accountability in the past during Pervez Musharraf and PPP regimes.
“Nawaz Sharif had been faced strict and repeated accountability since 1985,” he added.
There were no reference of the PM himself but the premier addressed the nation and announced to set up a high level judicial commission to probe the issue.
Asif said the commission would have comprehensive terms of reference (ToRs) to ensure transparency of its investigations. “The ToRs of the commission will be framed in such a manner that no one can raise fingers on it.”
He said the Panama Papers contained names of people belonging to other parities but no one was pointing them.
About demand of the opposition leader regarding forensic audit, the minister said anyone could appear before the commission and produce evidences.
Recalling the past, he said that he personally appeared before three commissions including Salala, Abbottabad and missing persons and shared evidences with them.
Regarding the commission announced by the PM, the minister said under 1956 Act, a retired judge could be appointed in the inquiry commission.
He said various major issues had surfaced during PPP regime (2008-13) which were also raised at this august forum. But, the PPP government did not bother to set up a commission, he said.
He recalled Rental Power Plant, LPG quota, Railways and Hajj cases had surfaced during PPP led government.
Asif said he took five cases to the apex court and the superior judiciary decided all these cases in his favor.
He said the incumbent opposition raised many issues but no one took it to the judicial level as they lack evidences.
The minister said unfortunately US$ 3 million from endowment fund of a cancer hospital run through charity was invested abroad in Climate Bond and Muscat on two per cent interest, despite the fact that it could be invested in T-bills on 15 per cent in Pakistan.
He also demanded that forensic audit should also be carried out into the said investment.
He said the PML-N leadership emerged victorious from all crisis and would also sail through it successfully. He said that graph of the party was on the rise day by day and expressed the hope that they would also win the 2018 elections.