The opposition leader in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly has claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been provided with ample proof of corruption in the AJK government during his recent visit to the capital.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that corruption, political appointments, nepotism and kickbacks from contractors have been the hallmarks of the AJK government since it came to power.
However, Information Minister Bazil Ali Naqvi rejected the allegations of corruption levelled by the opposition leader against the ruling party, saying, “If the PML-N has proof of corruption against us, they should approach the National Accountability Bureau. We are ready to face any kind of accountability”.
“The people have given us a five-year mandate and the opposition should respect it,” he added.
The opposition leader said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Birjees Tahir to investigate Rs55 billion corruption relating to the earthquake victims fund, besides conducting a complete audit of Kashmir Council funds used during the last five years.
He said that Sharif has agreed with a suggestion from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz AJK chapter regarding amendments to the Interim Act 1974, besides implementing the Neelum-Jehlum project and the Mangla Dam upraising agreement.
“The PM has approved the construction of Kashmir Expressway from Murree to Muzaffarabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2013.
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