200 corruption files of PPP leaders missing: PML-N

Published: October 20, 2010

Siddiqul Farooq says files contained investigation record of cases

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday alleged that some 200 files containing the corruption investigation record of top Pakistan Peoples Party leadership have gone missing from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) headquarters.

Siddiqul Farooq, a PML-N leader, told a news conference that many files containing investigation records against the late Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari relating to the Swiss accounts have been misappropriated and smuggled out of the country. He demanded a probe into the matter through a judicial commission.

He alleged that President Zardari intends to keep NAB hostage through a hand-picked chairman to erase evidence of his corruption.

“How a person, who used to sell tickets at Bambino cinema in Karachi, reached the Surrey Palace and became richer than Queen Elizabeth before his ascendancy to the presidency? It is a million-dollar question that only the PPP top leader has to answer,” the PML-N leader remarked, adding that an international network (Google) listed Zardari as the 8th richest person in the world ahead of Queen Elizabeth at number 13.

While criticising Law Minister Babar Awan, he remarked that Awan, who readily indulged in levelling allegations against the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, should rather apprise the public about Zardari’s assets.

“Nawaz Sharif’s family paid taxes worth Rs7 billion during the last six years. It is Mr Zardari who should explain to the people about his tax payments”, Farooq said.

He castigated Babar Awan for what he claimed having a fake degree and accused him of distributing sweets when PPP’s founding chairman was hanged.

The PML-N leader also stated that a clique that plotted the assassination of the Lahore High Court’s chief justice had similar designs against some other distinguished political leaders of the country. The PML-N has already informed the prime minister of the conspiracy through a letter, he added.

To a question about Nawaz Sharif’s and his family’s exile during Musharraf’s regime, the PML-N leader said that Benazir Bhutto and her mother Begum Nusrat Bhutto on record, had also left for abroad in 1979 after a deal with former military ruler Ziaul Haq.

“Begum Bhutto also filed a mercy petition to Zia after consulting her husband who was later executed. When Benazir Bhutto returned home on October 18 2009, she had already benefited from the Musharraf-sponsored NRO under which all allegations against her stood withdrawn,” he remarked.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Maz
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:14AM

    How many bank loans have you paid back?there is no confirmation of the taxes which you have paid?how much money have you given to the flood victims and what about your own corruption cases?there are many such questions which needs to be answeredRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:26AM

    So we must all start assuming that PML (N) leadership has earned all through the “Sweat Of Their Brows”. Good in Maths, 200 files, where, not known ?? Do you people or others who were and are involved in corruptions know about the quantity and quality of their files. It is time to net in all who ever he or she may be irrespective of their institutions or departments. Time is ripe for the Judiciary so that people may start believing that they are really “Azad Adliya” in their Judgments.Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Oct 20, 2010 - 12:49PM

    Look who’s talking……..

    Out of all the people, I think the PML (N) should not be talking about corruption. Could Mr. Spokesman care to shed some light on the fortunes of the Sharif family, please?

    Who can a foundry owner in 1979, have amassed prime properties all around the world? If I remember correctly according to news reports the Sharif’s had not paid any taxes for a while, on which the same gentlemen said that since they where in exile, they did not make any money or had any income. Then hwo all of a sudden this 7 billion figure of taxes paid have come up?

    Secondly, why don’t the independent media dig up Mr. Sharif’s previous tax returns (before the exile) & find out how much taxes did they pay?

    And Yes, as pointed above, where are the loans taken out of banks by these Holy people? Why aren’t these loans being paid back by selling off the properties owned by the Sharif brothers & their kin?

    Talk about hypocrisy. I am not taking any sides, there is no doubt about how Mr. President got all his wealth from, what I want is accountability across the board.

    Who are these people bluffing? Recommend

  • KM
    Oct 20, 2010 - 4:01PM

    Fine! We should get into both of them, and get them to pay back whatever they have stolen.Recommend

  • Sahibzada Ahmad
    Oct 20, 2010 - 10:12PM

    It is sham full for our leaders especially Mr Nawaz Sharif who first signed charter of democracy with Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto he met and hold various meeting and even press conferences with Mr Asif Ali Zardari and promised to promote the democracy in its real spirit. Now why these PML(N) spokes man angry on the PPP top slot and promoting propaganda. Recommend

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