ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Wednesday rounded on the opposition parties for “shifting the war” against their corruption towards the institutions.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Faraz said that the narrative adopted by the opposition “pleases” the enemies of Pakistan, adding, “The nation would hold the alliance accountable for their stance.”
The minister also censured the opposition leaders for amassing ill-gotten monies, saying the opposition leaders “who used to ride bicycles, now arrive in land cruisers and then talk about poor people”.
He condemned the “drama staged” at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Captain (r) Safdar Awan, saying that instead of denouncing it, the opposition parties had made it a political incident.
Safdar was arrested Monday for raising political slogans inside the mausoleum before the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) second power show at Bagh-e-Jinnah in Karachi.
Faraz further said that the opposition had united under PDM’s banner to protect their interests. The minister went on to accuse opposition leaders of “trying to sabotage their accountability”.
He also criticised Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, saying that they had “inherited” their political position.
Faraz said that the government is fully cognisant of the prevailing inflation in the country and all possible measures are being taken to bring down prices of essential commodities. Despite all hurdles, economic indicators are showing improvement due to prudent policies of the government, he added.
The information minister said that exports are increasing, construction material is showing record sales, all the mills in Faisalabad are running with full capacity, while business activities are returning to normalcy.