PPP should do some soul searching: Nisar

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Proposes audit of parliamentarians assets; No public meeting at D Chowk, F-9 Park

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad—Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Monday lashed out at Pakistan Peoples Party for the posture it has adopted over the Panama leaks about the offshore wealth of the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Addressing a news conference he said the PPP should first do a little soul searching before unleashing tirade of criticism against others. According to the leaks, one of its leaders has about thirty four offshore companies.
Ch. Nisar Ali Khan lamented that Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, during his speech in joint session of the parliament, levelled allegations against others but conveniently ignored his own leadership. Aitzaz mentioned Mayfair flats but did not talk about Surray Palace, he added.
He proposed that there should be Ethics Committees both in the National Assembly and the Senate for self-accountability. He said all parliamentarians should present themselves for accountability beginning from him. Chaudhary Nisar said Panama papers is a sensitive and serious issue and media trial as well as politics of allegations should be avoided on the matter. He said the people should be abreast about the true facts and the fact is that the family of prime minister did not hid Mayfair flats from the people.
About the holding of public meetings in the capital, Ch Nisar said the government has put its foot down on the holding of another chehlum for Mumtaz Qadri, adding that the government will not allow any group or party to hold political gatherings in the capital’s Red Zone or the F-9 park. Why Islamabad? The whole of Pakistan is available for political gatherings, questioned the interior minister. He said the government will come out with a proposal to define areas in Islamabad where public gatherings can be held. We will put up the proposal for discussion in Parliament, Nisar said, adding that paralyzing the federal capital had cost the country’s treasury billions of rupees in 2014, referring to the four-month protest sit-in staged by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf. Businesses remained closed for months, the Chinese presidents visit was delayed and the government spent over a billion rupees on security measures taken during the time, the minister said. Nisar went on to say if the government allows holding of gatherings at a particular place in Islamabad, I will need guarantees that it will not move from that area. “PTI’s April 24 public gathering should follow these rules and I am ready to talk to Imran Khan about chalking out a plan”, Nisar said.
The Interior Minister said, there was also need for audit of the assets of parliamentarians in addition to probe into offshore companies. He proposed the names of justice (Retd) Wajihuddin or Justice (Retd) Tariq Mehmoud for undertaking the task.

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