KARACHI: The Sindh chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has announced to take the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government in the province to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over multiple allegations of corruption.
Addressing a press conference, Sindh Assembly Opposition Leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi alleged that the provincial government received “52 per cent” kickbacks in every development scheme, declaring the PPP only plundered Karachi.
The announcement comes a day after the federal authorities warned to take control of K-Electric if the power utility if it failed to improve its performance and end unannounced power outages in the metropolis.
Flanked by party leader Haleem Adil Sheikh, Naqvi said to lodge a complaint with the accountability agency, accusing Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah of failing to appear before the agency when summoned.
He declared that “whenever one is summoned by the anti-graft agency, they should appear before it”.
In an apparent reference to PPP co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, Naqvi said: “We have seen that many people go to NAB with a stick but jog when they come to the assembly.” A day earlier, a picture of Zardari seated in the bureau’s Islamabad office with his walking cane sitting in his lap went viral on social media.
Sheikh stated that thousands of acres of state-owned land in Karachi was given illegitimately on a lease. He added that he was also offered a piece of land, however, upon the concerned authority seeking bribe, he refused to accept it.
Sheikh further alleged that the provincial government directed the Anti-Corruption Establishment to target him for taking out against the Omni Group.
“Whenever NAB will summon us, we will go,” he said, adding that NAB had launched a probe against him on the directives of the ACE.