ISLAMABAD: A day after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said he was prepared for accountability, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) hopped at the opportunity of calling for inquiries into mega projects commenced in the last six years.
“Investigation into every mega project launched during the rule of Shahbaz Sharif in last six years is a must,” said PTI Secretary Information Naeemul Haq in a declaration on Saturday. He said that the projects on track during the PML-N government were debated.
Haq said that there was something irregular about the chief minister criticizing the NAB. Though the PTI has put a query over all the mega projects undertaken by Shahbaz, it did not explain whether it would approach the NAB or not.
On Friday, CM Shahbaz said that he never stopped the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from accountability in Punjab, however the bureau itself was answerable to accountability.
When questioned for comments about the procedures in challenging accountability of mega projects, he said that the PTI would take up the issue in the assemblies.
In his proclamation, Haq said that it was none other than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who confronted the NAB against action in Punjab and others are following in his footpaths. “We condemn the government’s efforts to escape accountability,” he added.
It also said that excluding state bodies from doing their work through coercion was a longstanding tactic of the PML-N. But the PML-N frontrunners should face accountability for their actions including billions spent from the state exchequer on profile-raising.
Sources stated that there are differences over the method of holding the upcoming intra-party elections due to which no verdict has been given as yet. The date of polling has also not been confirmed. In addition to that, there are grievances about registration of fake votes due to a debated process for registration of members. The membership campaign would last till March 31. Subsequently, the election process would commence.
The PTI had asked Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to share voters’ lists for its intra-party elections but the poll body had rejected to do so saying it may meddle the lists. The matter is awaiting before the Supreme Court but the PTI appears to be hoping against the hope. “We are waiting for the SC decision but are hopeful,” Dal said
When contacted for remarks, PTI election commission’s spokesperson Advocate Farrukh Dal said the method of the election has not been certain as yet. However, he said there were no differences and a decision would be taken after discussion.