–PPP chief accuses govt of lying about coronavirus situation in the country
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Thursday said that the government made some bills unnecessarily controversial despite the fact that they could easily be passed.
Addressing a press conference at Zardari House Islamabad on Thursday, Bilawal said that the government, in the garb of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), wanted to bring legislation through which it could make any citizen a missing person for six months.
“The PPP could not allow this because our stance has been for democracy and basic human rights. The government wanted to get dictatorial powers using the backdoor but PPP will never allow it to happen,” he said, adding that the government has undemocratic behaviour while the opposition was censored in the National Assembly (NA).
Bilawal said that the government is also trying to blend FATF legislation with the legislation for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). They are two different issues. The business community had met the army chief and the government and their narrative was that NAB and business cannot go together.
“In this regard, former president Asif Ali Zardari had said a long time ago that NAB and economy cannot go together. Now, after Supreme Court Judge Justice Baqar’s verdict, NAB and democracy cannot go together,” he added.
The PPP chairman said that the government is trying to provide relief to Kulbhushan Jadhav. “Imran Khan is supposed to become an ambassador for Kashmir but he has become the counsel for Jadhav and is trying to give him relief through the backdoor,” he alleged.
He said that the premier gave a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to himself, his sister and all his friends. “He gave an NRO to every case of mega corruption under his government, from the BRT Project to Malam Jabba as well as the sugar and wheat scandals,” said Bilawal. “Imran Khan has given NRO via amnesties and he also gave NRO to his sister Aleema Khan’s corruption. Every advisor and special assistant should also be asked to give their money trail. There has been no answer from the government about the foreign funding case. The puppet prime minister and his puppet ministers are trying to hide behind the stay order.”
“On the other hand, Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s wife is called by the FBR [Federal Board of Revenue] and asked to provide her money trail,” he added, urging that NAB will have to adopt the same process for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) which it has adopted for the opposition.
Bilawal also spoke about the government’s attempt to impose a ban on knowledge “in the name of Islam”.
“The Punjab government has passed a resolution in this regard. Islam asks all of us to acquire knowledge; we cannot ban books in the name of Islam. Punjab Assembly should review its resolution. He said that this government is also after social media and wants to ban social media and this kind of censorship is not in the interest of Pakistan. It is unfortunate that the government is imposing censorship in the Senate and the National Assembly,” the PPP leader said.
Regarding the coronavirus situation in the country, he said that the PTI government has stopped testing for Covid-19 and is claiming that 19 districts of Punjab are Covid-19-free.
“They are lying because they are not conducting tests for Covid-19. This will further harm the health and economy of the country,” he said.
Responding to a question, Bilawal said that the government accepted PPP’s amendments in two bills which were passed on Thursday.
“The PPP and PML-N are working together and we should not give any credence to the government’s propaganda. All the opposition parties will decide future actions against the government in unison,” he said, warning that the opposition was capable of dislodging the NA speaker if the latter turned the NA session into a PTI jalsa.