In the wake of strong criticism by PML-N leaders over the accountability court’s verdict against former premier Nawaz Sharif, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday fired a broadside at the opposition parties calling them “Thugs of Pakistan” once again.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, held in response to the media talk of PML-N leaders earlier in the day, Chaudhry said, “the Nawaz Sharif and Zardari gang has signed the ‘charter of corruption” and they consider their plundering as real democracy, Express News reported.
He said “Thugs of Pakistan” had failed to hold a successful show once again, adding that, “their faces revealed that they were lying … they were only worried about themselves.”
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The information minister said PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal must have forgotten about 1980s when their party was imposed on Pakistan. Sharif family and Ahsan Iqbal were not even elected as councilors before General Ziaul Haq’s rule. “PML-N leaders are aggrieved over yesterday’s verdict against their quaid, therefore let’s ignore their personal attacks,” he said in a sarcastic remark.
Fawad Chaudhry said the public had given the PTI government the mandate to carry out accountability and bring those who plundered the nation’s wealth to book. “However, after coming into power we detached ourselves from these matters … we are allowing institutions to operate independently,” he explained.
The PTI leader said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was only arresting those who are not cooperating in investigation. “All cases were lodged in PML-N and PPP tenures, therefore accusing us of political victimisation is not fair,” he added.
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