PTI calls for effective accountability system

Demand comes after acquittal of Zardari in SGS-Cotecna reference

Our Correspondents November 25, 2015
PTI chairman addressing PTI Youth Convention. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: A day after an accountability court acquitted former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in SGS-Cotecna references, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has called for abolishing of the country’s top accountability authority.

“[Redundant] institutions the likes of NAB should be shut down and a new and effective system of accountability should be introduced,” PTI information secretary Naeemul Haq said in a statement on Wednesday.

NAB acquits Zardari in SGS-Cotecna references

On Tuesday, the accountability court announced its decision to acquit Asif Zardari in the 18-year-old SGS-Cotecna corruption case. The court said the accountability body could not provide solid evidence and that the documentation presented before the court was incomplete.

SGS – a Swiss inspection, verification, testing and certification company – corruption case is the continuance of a reference filed in 1997 that accused former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her spouse to have gained off a contract between the SGS and the government. Cotecna case is about the award of a contract to the Swiss company after allegedly receiving 6% bribe on revenue proceeds.

“Acquittal of Asif Ali Zardari has proved the fact that NAB does not have capacity to work independently,” Naeemul Haq said. NAB chairman has been assigned the task to end corruption cases against leaders of both the parties instead of taking action against them, the PTI information secretary added.

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Imran Khan blamed lack of action after the Judicial Commission report, probing alleged rigging allegations in the 2013 parliamentary elections, which led to irregularities during the recently held phase-wise local government (LG) polls in Sindh and Punjab.

The PTI chairman lashed out at all political parties for failing to raise their voice against electoral rigging committed during the previous general elections, leaving the “PTI alone to demand for justice”.

Marred not only by time delays but also by crowd indiscipline, he announced to hold the second intra-party elections, saying that the party had learned from the mistakes committed during the first elections. Imran expressed hope that after the second intra-party polls, the party would emerge as a strong institution.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th,  2015.


Kickass | 6 years ago | Reply @Adnan Siddiqi: And your PML N and Nawaz Sharif is bending forward to please Modi and Indians. You too sound of similar breed.
Adnan Siddiqi | 6 years ago | Reply @Mamu: Caliber? Asad Umar? You might want to see yesterday's Nadeem Malik show wherein he was showering praise on people like Qamar Zaman Qaira and Nadeem Afzal Chan of all people and inviting them on air to join PTI. Besides, Asad Umar used to be a decent and urbane individual before he joined PTI. Now he walks the walk and talks the talk of Niazi.....blatant lies, mindless allegations so on and so forth.
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