Minister for Communication and Postal Services Murad Saeed has said bills would be sent to the Sharif family asking it to pay the government billions of rupees illegally spent on their security, fencing of residences, medical expenses and travelling expenditures.
Speaking in the National Assembly, he said former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has claimed that he did not take any salary, but actually his 327,000 dollars medical expenses and travel expenses were paid from the national exchequer in the year 2016. He pointed out that 1000 million rupees of public money was spent on the security and fencing of his Jati Umra residence, while 2700 policemen were deployed for the security of his residence and 2000 million rupees were spent on it.
Murad Saeed Said Punjab Government had issued notifications declaring four houses in Model Town, Jati Umra and Defence Housing Authority as camp offices of Shahbaz Sharif.
Imran Khan bearing his own expenses
He said contrary to that Prime Minister Imran Khan is not living in the PM House but is living in his home in Bani Gala and bearing his own expenses, adding that the security wall and fencing of residence of Imran Khan in Bani Gala was paid through party funds.
Murad Saeed told that Prime Minister Imran Khan had initiated projects of hospitals, schools, universities, sports grounds, power supply schemes and dams in Waziristan and allocated money for rehabilitation of displaced persons and for restoration of businesses and houses in tribal district. He said building of shelter homes, distribution of health cards and initiating Ehsaas programme are major achievements of the government.
Benazir Bhutto sought help of US For NRO
He said United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote in her book that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto sought help of the US administration for reconciliation with former president Pervez Musharraf.
“Benazir demanded the US administration that her colleagues and her husband Asif Ali Zardari should get immunity against charges of corruption and money laundering. She had also asked how she could become the prime minister again despite the constitutional restriction on the third term and finally asked would Musharraf support her return to Pakistan. ‘She talked to the United States in early October and returned to Pakistan in October 2007’,” said Saeed.
He quoted another incident in which Zardari was in talks with deputy directors of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the national security adviser at a time when US was carrying out drone strikes in tribal areas of Pakistan which destroyed homes and businesses.
“This was the time when Hussain Haqqani who spews hate against Pakistan, was the ambassador in the United States. Zardari told United States ‘collateral damage worries the US but does not worry me’,” said the minister quoting the book. “This was the time when Prime Minister Imran Khan was leading protests and staging sit-ins against drone strikes in North Waziristan.”
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17 November, 2019