Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government on Wednesday decided to file an election disqualification reference against former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
Talking to reporters, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said that the reference will be filed on the charge of concealment of assets. He added that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader has not declared his offshore properties in his election papers.
Chaudhry told that Zardari owns an apartment in the United States, which he was bound to declare under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution. However, he added, the PPP leader did not do that and hence, is not eligible to be a member of the Parliament any more.
The information minister was also quick to assert that his government did not initiate any investigations against Nawaz, Shehbaz, Saad Rafique and other leaders, but had only given a “free hand” to the investigators.
Reiterating the promise of a corruption-free political structure, he asserted that the former governments intervened with the investigations and did not let them be transparent.
He added that PTI lawmakers are not facing any investigations because they were not heading the government before. Then, he claimed that probes by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were, in fact, improving the image of Pakistan abroad as foreign investments increase.
“Portugal has lifted off its safety warning on Pakistan and declared it a ‘green zone’. Many more shall follow this example,” he asserted.
Adding that multinational corporations are eager to invest in the country, he said that Pakistan is going to receive “the biggest investment of its history” soon.