Fawad foresees opposition leaders in jail before no-trust move

Information minister says the opposition is united to hamper accountability drive for the recovery of national wealth

APP February 16, 2022
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry addresses the media briefing, in Islamabad on Feb. 15, 2022. PHOTO: APP


Minister for Information Fawad Hussain has said that the corrupt opposition leadership will fail in their attempt for no-trust as "they are going to land in jail for their loot and plunder of national wealth".

Last week, during a press conference in Islamabad, the Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) – the anti-government opposition alliance – had announced bringing a no-confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"They could bring a no-confidence motion if they manage to save themselves from corruption cases, but I do not foresee any such move as they would be in jail before their misadventure," the minister said while addressing the post-cabinet meeting media briefing on Tuesday.

Fawad said the opposition had made 13 abortive attempts in the past to oust the democratically elected government, and their current bid would meet the same fate.

He said it was evident from the fact that the opposition, including the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), had been relegated to the regions.

They are united not to oust the government, rather hamper the ongoing accountability drive aimed at the recovery of national wealth looted by them, he said, adding that it had proved the prime minister’s prediction that all the thieves would get united when the law took its course against them.

The minister went on to say that they are the leaders in question who have "no political future ahead".

Also read: PDM announces no-trust motion against PM Imran’s govt

He reiterated that the government wanted a live broadcast of the proceedings of major corruption cases so that the public and the media could know as to how the corruption was committed in a systematic way.

Accordingly, he added, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib would move a resolution in the National Assembly for a comprehensive debate regarding a live broadcast of the case of opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif.

Fawad further said the cabinet had expressed grave concern over the allegations levelled against prominent personalities, especially women, and campaigns on social media and some television channels, calling for effective legislation to prevent such abusive culture.

While concluding, he said that the cabinet members paid tribute to Prime Minister Imran Khan for the provision of the Covid-19 vaccine worth Rs127 billion by the federal government free of charge.


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