Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif invited the National Accountability Bureau chairman to come to Punjab and hold an inquiry over the latter’s claims of corruption, adding that he was ready to face any investigation.
The NAB chairman had recently revealed that Rs7 billion worth of corruption takes place in Pakistan daily and that Punjab contributes to 65% of it.
Talking to the host Javed Chaudhry in the Express News’ Kal Tak on Monday, Shahbaz said that such a claim was an insult to the people of Punjab. “Is all the corruption in provinces only and are there only angels in the federation?” he questioned.
Citing examples in this regard, he said, “NLC, rental power projects, Saif City, Hajj corruption, Nandi pur and Chicho ki Malian projects and Ephedrine, these are all cases of corruption at the federal level and not in Punjab.”
The chief minister also claimed that there was not a single case of corruption involving him or his administration in the four-and-a-half years of their governance in Punjab.
He further said that no country of the world, including the UK and the US, is free from corruption.
Shahbaz said that President Asif Ali Zardari is part of “the worst kind of corruption,” adding that once in power, his party would get hold of corrupt people and recover each and every penny which has been looted. He also pointed out that his brother and party chief Nawaz Sharif had forbidden him from using ‘harsh’ words against the president.
Shahbaz said that if the PML-N comes into power, he would recover all the money taken away through corruption even if the people involved were related to him.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2012.
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