ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday demanded “third-party, independent inquiries of mega corruption scams in Punjab” and invited all federal agencies, especially Rangers and NAB, to begin crackdowns against corruption in Punjab and “even in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” where his own party rules.
“Agencies should come to Punjab, and even KP to clean what we have been unable to.
“But it is more important than ever to cleanse Punjab because the biggest scams will be found there,” said Imran.
Speaking at a press conference from his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad, Imran Khan said the Nandipur power plant failure would have gone unnoticed had the “muk-muka” between the PPP and the PML-N not broken down.
“It is at least a Rs22 billion project. We demand a third-party audit, not one on the lines of the Model Town investigation,” stated the PTI chief.
Imran Khan went on to say that these mega corruption scandals had not come to the forefront before because the “Public Accounts Committee and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was controlled by them (the PPP and the PML-N).”
“But today their cooperation has ended and they are at loggerheads over Rangers’ and federal agencies’ action in Sindh,” said Imran, referring to the tiff between the PPP and the PML-N which has resulted in the PPP leadership giving strong statements against the PML-N run government.
Khan said it was intriguing why the Nandipur project was a failure after so much work had been done, and held Punjab Chef Minister Shahbaz Sharif responsible for it.
The PTI chief went on to say that the metro bus projects by the PML-N government were also “extravagant.”
“We also demand an independent audit of the metro projects,” which he said was made at an unusually high cost.
“The biggest of all corruption cases is the LNG scandal. We know your friends in Qatar and how you are doing it.”
The PTI chairman said “not even revealing the cost of the project was questionable,” adding that the “Sindh government was right in pointing out it produced a major chunk of gas in the country.
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