'NAB will not be allowed to hinder development'
Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said the government will not let the accountability (Ehtesab) process undermine the country's progress, adding that the National Accountability Bureau chairman had himself admitted flaws in the accountability system.
Talking to reporters in Lahore, he said the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) had also expressed concern over NAB actions and other parties also had reservations in this regard.The minister said reforms in the bureau would be introduced with the consultation of the elected leadership.
He said PTI Chairman Imran Khan too had some reservations about the Ehtesab Commission laws in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and had made some changes.The minister said Imran Khan had become an admirer of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry whose appointment was termed a compromise by him in the past.He said Imran Khan used to say that Qamar Zaman was made NAB chairman to protect corruption.
"Imran Khan has forgotten that he had challenged the NAB chief's appointment in the court, he said.He said Imran was in the habit of not speaking the truth and considered the lie of yesterday as the truth of today. "If Khan Sahib does not understand what we are saying then he may understand what is said by the person who had been admired by him."He welcomed the decision of a TV anchor to approach the Supreme Court and Pemra.
"This would provide me with an opportunity to expose his wrong statements and the art of turning his personal wishes into news," he added."Those spreading wrong and baseless rumours should also have the courage to hear the truth about themselves," said the minister.He said that the act of disrespect towards others should be stopped as those who spread rumours and disrespect others had to apologise to the courts.He said during the current affairs programme of a channel, the an-chor was heard saying that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar would be ar-rested so he should get bail.