Says anti-corruption team is investigating the project
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the investigation into Rawalpindi’s Ring Road project corruption scandal will be completed within two weeks.
An anti-corruption team is conducting an inquiry into the corruption scandal, said PM Khan while interacting with the public on Sunday.
The premier said that the investigation was launched after he received complaints about the project.
Last week, the Punjab government’s anti-corruption department formed a team of technical, legal and financial experts to investigate it.
A fact-finding committee of the Punjab government in its report earlier said that the map of the project was changed to benefit a few housing societies, according to sources.
The report was forwarded to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar by Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafiq.
Former Rawalpindi commissioner Captain (retired) Mohammad Mehmood and land requisition officer Wasim Tabish unlawfully paid Rs23 million to acquire land for the road, according to the report. They facilitated a well-known Sangjani family in doing so.
Zulfi Bukhari, PM Khan’s special assistant, had resigned after he was accused of being involved in the corruption scandal.
“Owing to the allegations in ongoing Ring Road inquiry I want to set this example by resigning from office until my name is cleared up of any allegations and media’s obnoxious lies,” Bukhari said and denied his involvement in the scandal.
PM Khan said he made several attempts to improve ties with India after he came to power in 2018. But, he said, he can’t resume talks with India after New Delhi’s August 5 steps.
PM Modi government had in August last year revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave India-held Kashmir territory a special status.
We will resume talks if India restores Kashmir’s special status, said PM Khan, adding that resumption of ties with India before that would be tantamount to committing “treason”.
In April, PM Khan’s cabinet had put on hold a decision made by the Economic Coordination Committee’s decision to allow imports of cotton and sugar from India.
The premier said he can’t resume trade with India “over the blood of people of Kashmir”.
Answering a question, PM Khan said it takes time to fix the government institutions which have been ruined.
The system gets destroyed when the rulers lose moral ground, said PM Khan. He added that the PTI government is bringing reforms to the Punjab police.
The premier said PDM, an alliance of opposition parties, will never be able to achieve its goal because their politics revolves around their personal interests.
The opposition’s only goal is to protect their corruption, he remarked, adding that foreign media houses even made films on their corruption before the PTI came to power.