Govt to continue its drive against corrupt mafia: Info Minister

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain
says the government will continue its drive against the corrupt mafia as
per its manifesto to purge the country of the menace of corruption and
money laundering.

He was addressing a joint news conference along with Special Assistant
to the Prime Minister on accountability Shehzad Akbar in Islamabad this
afternoon.

He said the government is not interfering in the professional work of
all the investigating agencies but has only given them a free hand to
perform their obligations in an independent atmosphere.

The Minister said this policy has helped us to achieve some 90%
achievements in putting the corrupt elements behind the bars while the
remaining ten percent would also be taken to task through a transparent
accountability process.

Fawad Chaudhary said the government will remove the names of PPP
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali
Shah from the ECL as per directions given by the Supreme Court while
hearing the Fake Bank Accounts Case in Islamabad today.

He said the Apex Court has referred the Fake Bank Accounts case to
National Accountability Bureau for afresh investigation into the matter
within two months.

The Minister said the government and all its institutions will extend
all possible support to the NAB to take the matter to its logical end
and bring back the plundered money to the national exchequer.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Shehzad Akbar told mediamen that
the Supreme Court has not rejected the JIT report in the Fake Bank
Accounts Case. He said all those who were issued notices in the case
including Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Omni Group owners and Bahria
Town’s Malik Riaz have failed to submit any substantial reply against
allegations of corruption and money laundering to the Supreme Court in
the light of JIT Report.

He said the Supreme Court has not exempted Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and
Syed Murad Ali Shah from the NAB investigation into the case.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Shehzad Akbar said the JIT
report comprises of one hundred and thirty one pages and one thousand
annexures and any accused who fails to satisfy the investigators will
face references.

He said all the accused will have to prove their innocence in matters
relating to Summit Bank, Sindh Bank, Steel Mills and land grabbing.

Shehzad Akbar said Asif Ali Zardari and the Omni Group owners will also
have to reply as to what was the relation between them. Similarly, Asif
Ali Zardari will also be answerable to explain the source of income
about purchase of his properties in London and New York.

Later, answering questions of newsmen, Information Minister said the
government during its first five months has been able to overcome the
issues like current account deficit and balance of payment with the
generous help of our friendly countries including Saudi Arabia, United
Arab Emirates, China and Malaysia.

He said the government is focusing on boosting national exports and
curtailing imports besides attracting foreign investment with provision
of ease of doing business.

Fawad Choudhary expressed the confidence that the fruits of government’s
prudent economic policies would be visible during this year.

To a question, the Minister called for strengthening the editorial
system in Media Houses to improve their contents. He said the Media
Houses will also have to ensure objectivity in their policy of breaking
news keeping in view the national interest. He said the government
believes in freedom of expression but there should be checks and
balances to improve journalistic standards

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