Fazl will be held accountable: Vawda

Says those who had nothing before joining politics now have billions

Our Correspondent December 22, 2020

Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda has criticised JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, saying that those who had nothing before joining politics now own billions of rupees for which they will be held accountable.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan will not compromise with such elements who plundered national kitty and earned billions of rupees after coming into politics,” Vawda said while addressing a news conference along with Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur on Monday.

The minister slammed the JUI-F chief for blackmailing the previous governments and making assets worth billions of rupees. “For the last 40 years, a drama is being staged and personal benefits have been gained after blackmailing governments.”

“Fazl was involved in blackmailing previous regimes by giving decrees (fatwas) against them, terming them Indian agents and using religion for his political gains. The wheeling and dealing is over now and those leading the corrupt politicians would have to face accountability for what they earned after coming into politics," the minister added.

On the assets of the JUI-F chief, which he declared before the Election Commission of Pakistan, the minister said that he declared the worth of six houses (Rs2.5 million) and was ready to purchase them at 10 times the cost.

He said the government opposed the gatherings of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) because it did not want Covid-19 to spread. On PDM's call for a long march, the minister said Fazl led a long march before but was given nothing. “The Maulana exploits innocent people and students of religious seminary but he would not be allowed to do so.”

Meanwhile, Gandapur hinted at moving the court against Fazl for his alleged involvement in anti-state activities. He said he was in constant contact with his legal team to furnish a case against Maulana who had failed to respond to his questions raised in the previous news conference.

In his last news conference, Gandapur had said the JUI-F chief should explain his alleged connections with the foreign spy agencies and share details of his reported meeting with Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval with the public. (With input from app)


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