The political battle between ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has been started as PTI on Thursday (Dec 20) filed a reference with Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), seeking disqualification of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for hiding property in the United States.
As per details PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman and Firdous Shamim Naqvi has submitted reference with evidence as to how money was laundered out of Pakistan and to which places, demanding the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate the US property of the former president.
Referring to Zardari’s alleged property in the US, Zaman said: “It has come to my knowledge that Mr Zardari owns an apartment in Belaire Condominiums located at 524 East 72 Street, New York. He has not declared this asset in his nomination form under section 60 (2) of the Election Act 2017”. “He [Zardari] should be disqualified from holding public officer under Article 62 (1) as in my opinion he ceases to be truthful and sagacious,” the application said. “Zardari is former president of Pakistan and co-chairman of a political party. As former president of the country, he is a role model to the nation, therefore he must be transparent and truthful when it comes to declaring assets,” Zaman added.
While receiving the petition, the provincial election commissioner maintained that only ECP Islamabad could take an action over it.
Earlier Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said “Zardari owns an apartment in the United States. Under Article 62/63, he was bound to declare his assets which he didn’t. He is not eligible to remain a member of the parliament anymore,” Chaudhry had said. “They didn’t let the institutions initiate transparent inquiries. We promised to our voters that we will bring corruption-free political structure,” he had added.
Responding to the PTI’s move, the PPP quickly took an action and PPP leader Farhatullah Babar filed a petition in the ECP against Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister for Water Faisal Vawda, seeking details of Khan’s and Vawda’s assets and the poll campaign expenses.
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17 November, 2019