Amending NAB ordinance to take time: Sh Rashid
LAHORE: Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said that bringing amendments to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance and changes in the 18th Constitutional Amendment will take time.
Addressing a press conference at the Railways Headquarters here on Saturday, he said that NAB would be made a strong active institution after Eidul Fitr. “NAB to become a 'Tarzan' after Eid, and it will work at all sides,” he said.
He said that talks with the opposition for amendments to the NAB Ordinance and the 18th Amendment were in progress; however, he added, it would be a joke [with the country] if the demands of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) were accepted.
He said that the draft of amendments to the NAB Ordinance, available to various people, was a fake document, adding that nothing was made public in this regard so far.
Sh Rashid said that he was against amendments or alterations to the NAB Ordinance or the 18th Amendment.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had introduced a professional team in the Ministry of Information, adding that Shibli Faraz would play on the screen as the information minister while Asim Salim Bajwa would act behind the screen as an adviser to the prime minister.
He said that Indian Muslims were facing atrocities at the hands of the Indian government and looking towards Imran Khan, adding that the Pakistan government would never disappoint them in the time of hardships.
The Railways minister said that the prime minister would never spare mafias active in loan, sugar, flour and IPPs [independent power producers] sectors and he would fight a legal war against them who had looted the national exchequer.
He said that sugar, flour and IPPs mafias remained part of every cabinet and they tried to bribe the governments for their vested interests.
Sh Rashid said that his party had one seat in the parliament, but it was one of the strongest party as its leader stays in news always.
To a question, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would complete his tenure of five years and win the next elections due to his straight-forward policy against looters. He said that investigation commission on the IPPs had not been formed yet, adding that action against the sugar and flour mafias had been delayed due to delay in the forensic reports on the request of the departments concerned.
To a question, he said that Shehbaz Sharif wanted to flee again, taking plea that the operation of Nawaz Sharif had been postponed due to coronavirus and he wanted to be with his brother. - APP
Responding to a question about former special assistant to the prime minister on information Firdous Ashiq Awan, he said she would now show up at the media from time to time, adding that he had no issue with anyone in the government.
He said that lockdown was not followed by anyone and it seemed to be a joke with the white-collar middle class citizens who had been deprived of their businesses due to lockdown. They were really worried as their small shops had been their only means of earning, which had currently been closed.
He requested the authorities concerned to allow the small shopkeepers to open their shops before Ramazan 1 so that they could do business like others and looms of Faisalabad and Gujranwala could be protected.
He said that millions of people were expected to fall below the poverty line in the upcoming few months due to coronavirus and unemployment would become a big issue in future.