JHELUM: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Saturday ruled out any compromise on accountability as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) voted to power for getting back the stolen national wealth from the looters and plunderers.
Accountability was on top in the PTI’s manifesto and if its government failed to fulfill that promise then there would be no justification for it to remain in power, he said addressing a reception here.
The minister said no one would be given an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) as reiterated by Prime Minister Imran Khan because it was the government’s responsibility to bring all those involved in corruption to justice.
He said the total loan taken by Pakistan from its creation till 2008 was Rs 6,000 billion, which swelled to Rs 30,000 billion till date as Rs 24,000 billion more was added during the regimes of Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif from 2008 to 2018.
The loans taken during the last 10 years, he said, were not spent on the welfare of masses but the same were rather transferred to personal accounts of the rulers. All the sectors, including health, education, sports and economy, were in a shambles as unemployment had increased while amounts of billions of rupees were being found in the accounts of drivers, front men and cronies of the former rulers, which was an ample proof of their corruption, he added.
High inflation and unemployment in the country, he said, were the direct outcome of the loot and plunder of the previous two regimes.
The minister said unlike the past rulers, Imran Khan would spend each and every penny of the loan on the welfare of children of the poor people and not his own children.
The opposition parties, he said, were crying hoarse that democracy was in danger only because their own political future was at stake. They had no leadership and no agenda for the country’s betterment of the country. They had realized that the political journey of Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari and Fazlur Rehman was now over, he added
At the start of the speech, Fawad paid tribute to the valiant Kashmiris for their freedom struggle, saying their sacrifices would bear fruit and the day was not far off when they would get rid of the Indian subjugation.
The entire Pakistani nation stood by the Kashmiri brethren and would continue to support them till realization of their goal of freedom, he added.
He said the Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control along with their Pakistani brethren across the world were observing the Kashmir Black Day as on the day in 1947 the Indian army troops in violation of all the international laws and against the aspirations of the Kashmiris, had landed in Jammu and Kashmir and illegally occupied the state.
Fawad said tens of thousands of Kashmiris had lost their lives in their struggle for freedom and over 10,000 had disappeared by the occupation forces while thousands of women had been raped and molested by the savage Indian troops.
He said a conspiracy was hatched to make the Black Day, the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistan armed forces controversial through a fake news regarding arrival of an Israeli aircraft in Pakistan. Both India and Israel had made a nexus as New Delhi purchased arms and ammunition worth $ 10 billion from Tel Aviv.
The two countries, he said, were natural allies as Indian Prime Minister Modi was called the butcher of Muslims of Gujrat whereas his Israeli counterpart Netanyahu was the butcher of Gaza as he had massacred innocent Palestinians in the Gaza attack.
The minister said first an Israeli journalist tweeted the fake news about the aircraft, which was retweeted by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal and then a couple of journalists having clear leanings towards the PML-N joined the fray. It all proved that it was a coordinated plan to discredit the Pakistan government and the armed forces on Kashmir Black Day.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), he said, had already rebutted the news, categorically stating that no Israeli aircraft had entered the Pakistani airspace or landed at any of its airports and the reports in that regard were baseless.
Taking a dig at Fazlur Rehman, he said the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam-Fl remained chairman of the Kashmir Committee of the Parliament for the last two decades but he had never issued a statement on the Kashmir dispute. Similarly, he said, Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari always avoided to talk about the Kashmir issue to please the Indian rulers.
Fawad said Jhelum would be made clean and green during next two months. Talking about the new development schemes, he said a water supply project had been planned for Pind Dadan Khan, a new girls college at Darpur was approved while the gas supply project for Hiranpur had been extended to Dina. Moreover, a double carriageway would be built to connect Lilla to GT Road and four more offices of National Database Registration Authority would be set up in adjoining areas of Jhelum.
He announced that tender opening of the canal project of Pind Dadan Khan costing Rs 35 billion would be done from November 13 to16, while a new park from Sanghai would be opened. A four-day Jashan-e-Jhelum Mela would be organized soon, he added.—APP