Imran calls closure of corruption cases a ‘joke’

PTI chief says incumbent govt appointed its ‘henchman’ to NAB for getting decisions of its own choosing

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the incumbent rulers were making a mockery of the justice system by closing down their corruption cases.

Addressing party officials in Peshawar, the deposed premier said that the government had appointed its “henchman” to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) so that they get decisions of their choice in corruption cases, calling it a “joke”.

Imran, who was removed from premiership through a vote of no confidence in April this year, said that he did not have personal enmity with the Sharif and Zardari families. “I am fighting for the future of the nation.”

The PTI chief asked party workers and officials to remain prepared for the upcoming much-hyped long march to Islamabad to achieve ‘real freedom’, saying that he would not rest until sending the incumbent rulers packing.

“Today is the decisive time for the nation. It’s time to stand up for real freedom of the country,” he added. He said the “cabal of crooks” got exonerated in corruption through NRO promulgated by former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf.

“They (coalition government) came to power on the pretext of inflation but now they have created a storm of inflation. They are making false cases against me to clear their way,” he remarked.

It may be mentioned here that Imran will pay a day-long visit to Lahore today, during which he will hold meetings with PTI Punjab wings to review preparations regarding the forthcoming ‘Haqeeqi Azadi’ march towards Islamabad.

The PTI chief is also expected to meet the Punjab cabinet members and party leaders and assign important tasks to them.

Earlier, Imran said that he would soon give a call to his supporters to steer the country out of the quagmire.

In an interview to a private news channel, the PTI chief said that “unimaginable” sea of people would march toward Islamabad, adding that he had kept his plan a secret in view of recent audio leaks and “tapping” of phone calls.

Meanwhile, PTI leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the return of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and the acquittal of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz in Avenfield reference had exposed the “failure of the country’s justice system”.

Talking to the media outside the Supreme Court, the former information minister said the accountability process had completely come to an end as “accused are legislating laws for their own benefit”.

He said under the new amendments to the NAB law, those who amassed ill-gotten assets through corruption could not be asked to explain their sources of wealth as the burden on proof had been shifted to the NAB. “Efforts are being made to close down corruption cases of Nawaz Sharif,” he said, appealing the top court to take notice of the matter.

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