Accountability is a vengeful agenda of government: Ahsan


ISLAMABAD PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal on Monday strongly criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan for his policies in general and his speech in Washington in particular. The prime minister, who is in the United States on a three-day visit, said Sunday while addressing a large crowd at a community event at Washington’s Capital One Arena, that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ was being created “in front of people’s eyes”. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, flanked by PML-N leaders Marriyum Aurangzeb and Dr Mussadik Malik, the former planning minister said, “Yesterday, our selected prime minister admitted that the opposition leaders were arrested on the government’s behest.” “It has revealed once again that the so-called accountability is a vengeful agenda of the government,” he said, accusing the government of “using national institutions for political gains”. Iqbal complained that, in the past, Gen Pervez Musharraf had used the National Accountability Bureau against politicians, and the same organisation was now being used to safeguard the government of the Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf. Iqbal further said that the prime minister has been delivering the same speech since 2013. “The selected prime minister is proving that he is unqualified,” the PML-N leader said. He also ridiculed the prime minister for, “repeating the same speech [without considering] that he is in China or in front of international capitalists”. “Whether he is in Pakistan or Washington, all Imran Khan can think of is Nawaz Sharif.” He added that it would have been good to see if the premier had spoken about the country, but he made a speech that would only have been relevant if it was delivered at Mochi Gate in Lahore.