–PML-N president says alliance between prime minister and accountability watchdog has failed miserably
–Lashes out at the govt over inflation, unemployment and lack of focus on infrastructural development
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday claimed that the “Niazi-NAB nexus” had seized his immovable assets.
Addressing a press conference in London, where he is accompanying his elder brother, PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif, for medical treatment, he said that the government was trying to divert attention from its “incompetence” through such “vindictive measures”.
It is worth mentioning here that on Tuesday, the accountability watchdog withdrew a set of appeals when it failed to establish before the Supreme Court (SC) that the PML-N president had allegedly abused his power in the Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Society case. Meanwhile, NAB also seized the immovable assets of Shehbaz and his family.
He said that the “Niazi-NAB nexus” had once more been “dealt a defeat”, adding that he is confident that his brother would also be proven innocent.
“Under Nawaz’s leadership, from 2014-2018, despite tough challenges, the credit for all development projects completed goes to him and his team,” he said.
“Without going into too many details, I just want to provide one example of such development projects. You must recall that before 2014 there used to be load-shedding of more than 20 hours. This was a great challenge which Nawaz had said he would try his best to meet within five years, during campaigning in 2013. He worked day and night and power projects of 11000MW were completed. CPEC had an important role in it as with the cooperation of China, thousands of megawatts of electrical power projects were installed as an investment,” he added.
Shehbaz praised Nawaz’s “political wisdom” and said that an additional 5,000MW of gas-based power projects had also been developed at a historical pace and at a low cost. “General Electric won bids after very transparent bidding. The original costing was $4-5 billion but they were installed at half that amount and we also saved Rs160 billion,” he added.
The PML-N president said that the prime minister and his advisers had been issuing statements against the leadership of his party for the past one-and-a-half year. “Every Pakistani is disappointed with this alliance between Niazi and NAB,” he said.
Criticising the premier, he said, “I have never in my life seen a prime minister who lies as much as Imran. Had he spent one-fourth of his time for Pakistan’s development circumstances would be different today.” He also said that the government could not build a single home in the past one-and-a-half year when it promised people five million houses.
“The failed policies of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government have resulted in rising unemployment in the country. We are burying ourselves in debt,” he said, adding that “there are some ministers in the government who had used their political influence to have loans written off”.
“Those who were involved in corruption, you [Imran] made them your advisers,” he concluded.