Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday said it would rally behind the judiciary and the bureaucracy if the government continued to undermine their authority.
“I want to assure the civil administration that the people of this country would stand behind them if they continue to perform their role in accordance with the Constitution and law of the land, just as they did when the judiciary was toppled,” PML-N’s Additional Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal said at a press conference.
Calling upon civil society to prepare for a “decisive movement” to purge the country of dishonesty and greed, Iqbal accused the government of opting to tread on a collision path “just to protect its corruption”.
He said that the government wanted to use bureaucrats as scapegoats to hide its corruption.
Recalling corruption cases such as the Hajj scam, NICL scandal and the Pakistan Steel Mills case, he said that the prime minister and his government were deliberately going into a confrontation mode with the judiciary to hide corruption.
“All accountability institutions have been made dysfunctional one after the other,” he said.
He said that the proposed accountability bill was being deliberately delayed, despite the PPP’s clear commitment with PML-N in Charter of Democracy (CoD) for a broad-based accountability system.
According to him, PML-N president Nawaz Sharif would chair the party’s parliamentary committee meeting on Monday. The meeting, he said, would discuss the current situation and devise a future plan of action.
Referring to the government’s reluctance in implementing Supreme Court’s orders, Ahsan Iqbal said that the government had made FIA dysfunctional to obstruct the investigation into Hajj and NICL scams.
“An effort is being made to block the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after the appointment of a handpicked auditor-general,” he added.
While referring to recent statements of the prime minister, he said that the government had not come into power because of its mandate but because of the notorious National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
He denied a suggestion that the PML-N was accelerating its anti-government campaign because of the upcoming Senate elections. He said that it did not make any difference for the party.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2011.