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Govt to investigate Maryam Nawaz for controlling ‘public funds’

Information minister says she committed a criminal offense

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 24, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 days ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 24, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 days ago

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Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry announced Wednesday that the government will open an inquiry against PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz for allegedly controlling “public funds” for media advertisements. The development came after the PML-N leader confirmed the authenticity of another viral clip on social media during a press conference.

“The government will investigate all journalists who were given plots or money by Maryam Nawaz for running their campaigns,” he said. “In her press conference, Maryam confessed that she was controlling the media cell. Pervez Rasheed was just a puppet.”

The use of public funds, he said, is a criminal offense and a crime under the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) domain.

Earlier in the day, Maryam confirmed the authenticity of another viral audio clip in which she is heard instructing someone that advertisements to SAMAA TV, ARY and some other TV channels be stopped.

Fawad Chaudhry said that she had doled out Rs18 billion from the national fund to reward “blue-eyed journalists” and media channels at the federal and Punjab levels in the PML-N’s last tenure.

The federal minister accused PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz of creating fake videos and audiotapes to pressure the judiciary. “She might be even making videos to control her party leaders,” he added.

“I am hopeful that the judiciary won’t come under pressure as the army generals didn’t succumb to the PML-N’s malicious campaign [Mujhay kyun nikala],” he said.

Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar said that Maryam Nawaz has admitted that her party used “public money for targeting and buying media groups”.

He went on saying that Maryam Nawaz confessed two things in her press conference: she was running the media cell and the second that the viral audio clip was hers.

“The third thing, which she didn’t reveal, was which media houses they [PML-N] had bought,” he said.

The energy minister announced that the government would go after these “privileged” media houses and journalists. Hammad accused the PML-N of “preparing fake clips” in the past as well, saying that the “Maryam Nawaz group” must be behind the controversial audiotape.

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