Ministers term reference against CM Murad a result of NAB-Niazi nexus

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Provincial Ministers have condemned the NAB’s reference against Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah, saying that it was result of NAB-Niazi nexus.

They added that reference against the chief minister was ill-intended and malicious. “Attempts are being made to harass the PPP ministers by filing false cases, but we are not afraid of such acts,” they said.

These views were expressed by Minister for Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister for Education Saeed Ghani and Adviser on Law Barrister Murtaza Wahab while addressing a joint press conference at Sindh Assembly Committee Room on Wednesday.Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh Shehzad Memon and former minister JavedNagori were also present on the occasion.

Nasir Hussain Shah said that PPP candidate Syed Ameer Ali Shah won by-election in Umerkot in which Pakistan People’s Party got more votes than the general election, while his rival, the Grand Alliance candidate supported by federal government alliance, received less votes than in the previous general election. He said that the Chief Minister was implementing the vision of PPP Chairman Bilalwal Bhutto Zardari by carrying out mega development works in the province at a fast pace. therefore, the people of PS-52 gave their mandate to PPP in absolute majority.

He recalled that some forces did not want a PPP government in 2018, even after the formation of PPP government in Sindh; there were rumors of Governor rule in Sindh. He said that Murad Ali Shah has never done anything wrong. The CM has definitely worked for the interest of the people. The case against the chief minister was based on ill intention and added that they could not be terrorized by such cases.

Saeed Ghani said that the NAB reference was nothing but malicious. He said that the NAB’s actions has been intensified against the members of PPP quoting the cases against Jam Khan Shoro, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Sohail Anwar Sial. He said that Syed Khursheed Shah was arrested in facing false charges.

He said that NAB is a tool of PTI government which was being used against political opponents. He stated that the reference against Chief Minister came a few days after Sheikh Rashid’s statement in which he (Sheikh Rasheed) said that Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was the only person who was challenging and giving tough time to PTI.

He said that no national exchequer has been wasted in Nooriabad Power Company, both companies were serving the people of Karachi.

He said that there were cases against Prime Minister, Asad Qaiser and Pervez Khattak in NAB. Zulfi Bukhari did not even appear before the NAB, but given clean chit.

He said that Chairman NAB had become a servant of the government, after his video appeared on Social media. Saeed Ghani said that we never deviated from the principles, it had been our history.No one can pressurize them.Wahab said that no official communication has been received yet regarding reference against the CM. We have come to know about the NAB reference through media.

If this news is true then everything will be brought before the court. We have never chosen the path of escape. He said that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had earlier appeared before the NAB in 2019 and had answered the questions of NAB.

He further said that the aforesaid reference related to Nooriabad Power Company, which was set up under a public-private partnership at a cost of Rs. 15.2 billion for providing 100 MW of cheapest electricity to Karachi. He said, 2315 gigawatts of electricity were being supplied to Karachi every month and Sindh government earned Rs 24.82 billion revenue.

He said that second part of reference pertains to Sindh Transmission And Dispatch Company.

 

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