Lahore :Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said opposition legislators were using the forum to defend themselves in the corruption cases being pursued by the National Accountability Bureau.
He said that the government had showed large-heartedness by agreeing to the appointment of Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee to ensure smooth running of the House. However, instead of reciprocating the government’s gesture, the opposition even today made an issue of the production order of Saad Rafique and staged a walkout from the NA.
He said both Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari were worried about the national wealth they had plundered during their governments and were trying to pressurize the government for an agreement like that of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO)
for withdrawal of cases against them.
Fawad said when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government came to power in 2013, there was crisis of natural gas in the country, but when it left this year gas companies were suffering heavy losses.
To a question, the minister said the accountability process was across the board and victimization of not anybody was being done as claimed by the opposition. The PTI government had made no appointments in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
NAB was logically holding accountability of those, who ruled the country during the past ten years. Since the PTI never remained in power, so there was no question of their accountability, he added.