LAHORE: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar were the real culprits of the sugar scandal while the government should tell what has been done so far on the medicines and sugar scandals.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Wednesday, Shahbaz said that more than two years have passed since the government came to power while the “selected” prime minister had been busy hiding scandals day and night.
“The failure of the Results Transmission System (RTS) led to the formation of the present government. The bond between the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Imran Niazi has created a record of making false and baseless cases on which we are raising our voice and will continue to raise,” he said.
“The PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf] government had sold dreams to the people, and claims were made that if Imran Khan came to power, milk and honey would flow. While the Pakistani economy is attacked like a municipal factory, Aleema Khan took advantage of the amnesty scheme and is not willing to talk about her overseas property. The ECP has not yet decided on the foreign funding case,” he added.
“What happened to the Malam Jabba case and the helicopter case against Imran Khan? Four buses have been burnt in the BRT at a cost of Rs100 billion, which is a project of only 26km,” Shahbaz said.
The opposition leader said, “Imran Khan wants me to go to jail, it does not matter if I or all of us have to go to jail, if I go to jail my colleagues will carry my mission. We saved money on projects during our five-year rule under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. In the time of Nawaz Sharif, sugar which was Rs50 now costs Rs100 per kg. Corruption has not been proven in any of numerous projects. None of the 56 companies’ cases could be proved in two years. I will not be forgiven if any evidence of corruption is brought against me till the Day of Judgment. The people of Pakistan are disappointed. Pakistan’s name was tarnished by false accusations against us. However, the Chinese and British governments did not hesitate to deny the allegations against me.”
On the other hand, NAB also revealed the value of Shahbaz’s alleged anonymous assets valuing at Rs7.57 billion.
The documents which were released by the NAB office stated that Shahbaz’s declared assets were worth Rs269.31 million while his alleged anonymous assets are worth more than Rs7 billion.
NAB documents further stated that Shahbaz’s unnamed entities include family members, three companies, secret bank accounts and shares. The assets of the anonymous company Unitas and Good Nature are worth Rs1.88 billion while the assets of the anonymous company Nisar Trading are worth more than Rs500 million, the anti-graft body added.
The documents also revealed that Shahbaz’s shares were worth Rs1.22 billion and the assets of the anonymous members of the Sharif family were worth Rs3.18 billion. According to the documents, Sharif family’s unnamed members include Nusrat Shahbaz, Suleman Shahbaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Rabia Imran and Jaweria Ali.
It is pertinent to mention here that NAB Lahore has prepared the longest historical reference based on evidence in the money laundering case against Shehbaz and the said reference consists of 58 volumes while the number of pages provided to all the accused is more than 500,000.
The reference claims to expose the complete method of money laundering by Shahbaz and his family, while the full details of Suleman and his alleged network for money laundering are revealed in the form of volumes.