ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said Ziaullah Afridi, the PTI provincial minister for mines and minerals, who was arrested earlier today by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission on corruption charges, will have to resign from his post till he clears himself.
“Ziaullah Afridi has put in a lot of work for the PTI and I was very disappointed after learning about his arrest by our NAB,” said Khan.
“But I had promised that our government will not interfere in NAB’s work and let me make it clear that the KP NAB is the only impartial body in the entire country,” said the PTI chief.
Talking to media personnel after an intra-party meeting in Islamabad, Imran Khan said the KP NAB was not like the federal one, whose chairman had been handpicked by premier Nawaz Sharif and PPP chief Asif Ali Zardari.
Imran Khan said he was proud of the fact that his party had delivered on its promise by formulating an independent accountability body in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said during the party meeting, a committee was formed to scrutinise the selection of nazims in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“A massive 40 to 45 billion rupees is going to be at the disposal of the local government and we want to make sure that our Nazims have an upright character and can take responsibility.”
Imran Khan also lauded Rangers’ efforts in Sindh, saying their actions had checked crime in Karachi.
Meanwhile, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that Afridi will not be a part of KP cabinet as long as investigations are going on against him.