Pervaiz Rashid lauds PML-N govt on transparency

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervez Rashid said even the worst opponents of PML-N could not point finger towards the conduct of Prime Minister and ministers for the projects undertaken during their tenures.

Talking to a private television channel, he said the process of accountability was essential for society, adding with the grace of Allah Almighty no case was initiated against the PML-N government.

No case was prosecuted against the government even during the worst reign of Pervez Musharraf, he recalled.

He said National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was initiating inquiries even into ongoing projects just on the basis of doubts and rumours.

He said during his visit to Bahawalpur, the Prime Minister talked about regulatory bodies of NEPRA, OGRA and NAB and described the difficulties that government was facing in achieving goals for progress.

In the same statement, the Prime Minister said actions of NAB caused delay in the execution of energy projects.

The interference of NAB was affecting pace of the projects, he added.

The minister said during his tenure in 1993, the Prime Minister initiated projects worth billions of rupees and the same was done in the second tenure of 1997 and the present tenure.

The projects started in the last two and half years were more than the programmes of the last 25 years, he mentioned.

He said the local and foreign investors get afraid, if they were harassed just for the sake of cheap popularity.

He said adding precautionary steps should be taken while continuing the process of accountability.

Accountability should begin when there is enough evidence in a case for successful trial in courts, he stressed.

“There are reservations but we never said the process of accountability should be stopped.”

Replying to a question, he said any legislation on the process of accountability should be done with the consensus of political forces.

The minister said peace prevailed in Karachi and Rangers was effectively working there.

“Neither there was an emergency situation in Karachi nor such a situation will emerge,” he remarked.

He said the opposition was keeping it alive for the next elections with words alone.

Three bills of the government were approved in the current session of parliament in the presence of the opposition, he added.

He said coal, energy and port projects were continuing in Sindh, adding Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were getting most of the projects under CPEC.

Almost all the projects started in Punjab were of the provincial government which did not ask for money from the federal government.

The provinces had major share of financial resources after handing over of major share of budget to them under NFC award, he reminded.

The minister said before the meeting of Council of Common Interests (CCI), there was a need for developing consensus among the provinces.

The minister said visits of the Prime Minister to China, Afghanistan, United States, Qatar and to other countries led to projects of CPEC, regional stability, successful fight against terrorism and gas imports.

He said the Prime Minister had heavy engagements and had made visits across the country to fulfill responsibilities from provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to capitals of Beijing and Washington.

To a question, the minister said the main achievement of the government after coming into power in 2013, was that it gave hope to the people concerned for future of the country.

People of Pakistan were happy with the situation in Karachi and economic progress, Pervaiz added.

He said Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should tell who was arrested and tortured during the tenure of the government.

The minister said he offered to Leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah to become judge and after looking at his statements and that of Prime Minister AJK, decide who vitiated the atmosphere that led to incident of Nakial, Azad Kashmir. –APP

 
 
 
 
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