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Government not amending the 18th Amendment: Fawad Chaudhry

April 17 , 2019

The government won’t amend the 18th Amendment, says Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.

He clarified that a presidential system was not being introduced in the country. “The rumours are being triggered in the country to divert the attention from corruption cases,” the federal minister told SAMAA TV in a short interview on Wednesday.

NAB is currently probing corruption cases against nearly all central leaders of major political parties.

“Whenever the government undertakes negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, the rumour mills get into action,” said Chaudhry, adding that the rumours are solely aimed at destabilising the markets.

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He recommended PPP and PML-N leaders and workers to “grow out of Zardaris and Sharifs”.

“The top leadership of the two parties are immersed in corruption,” he said. “If the two major political parties don’t think of alternative leadership, they will drown, ultimately,” he said.

Chaudhry was convinced that Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif won’t return home from abroad. “He [Shehbaz] has corruption money worth billions of rupees abroad,” he maintained.

“MQM founder Altaf Hussain is charged with the murder of over 7,000 people besides other allegations of extortion money and money laundering,” said Chaudhry, adding that there is not a single offence in the Pakistan Penal Code of which Altaf Hussain isn’t accused of.

There are countries in the European Union that don’t extradite suspects because some countries have the death penalty for certain offenses, he said, adding that the government is going to amend the law to bring back the thieves holed up abroad.

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