ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has assured a group of 33 pro-Jahangir Khan Tareen PTI lawmakers of an unbiased inquiry into the sugar scandal.
According to sources, during the meeting with the premier, the lawmakers requested Imran Khan to remove Shehzad Akbar and his team from the investigation and hold a fresh inquiry in the case.
Dropping a hint of personal vendetta, the lawmakers stated that Shehzad Akbar is targeting Tareen and is making up false cases against him.
“I am satisfied with the performance of Shahzad Akbar,” said the PM in the meeting and asked lawmakers to bring evidence against Akbar if they have any reservations.
According to sources, the prime minister told the lawmakers that he will not come under any pressure and cleared Tareen has to face trial if he is found guilty in the sugar scandal. “I assure you that justice will be served,” the PM told the lawmakers.
According to sources, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked the members to have trust in him and assured them that there would be no injustice with anyone.
The PTI lawmakers demanded the prime minister to form a judicial commission to probe cases against Tareen. The delegation called for establishing the commission comprising Justice (retd) Sair Ali, Justice (retd) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, and Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk to probe into the matter.
The prime minister, however, rejected the demand and asked the delegation to have faith in him as he would ensure that justice is served in the matter.
Imran Khan stressed that no society can progress unless it upholds the law and the Constitution. The premier further said that though Jahangir Tareen is a dear friend, questions have to be asked on the sudden hike in sugar prices. He assured his party leaders of an unbiased inquiry into the case.
Speaking to the media after the meeting today, PTI MNA Raja Riaz said that the meeting with the prime minister was held in a friendly environment and Imran Khan assured that he would personally monitor the case and would ensure justice is served in the matter.
Earlier, a meeting of the disgruntled lawmakers was held at the residence of Jahangir Tareen. The 33 disgruntled PTI lawmakers included 11 National Assembly members (MNAs), including Minister for State and Frontier Regions Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan.
The MNAs include Raja Riaz, Sami Gillani, Riaz Mazari, Khwaja Sheeraz, Mobeen Alam Anwar, Javed Waraich, Ghulam Lali, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Faizul Hassan Shah and Sahibzada Ameer Sultan.
A total of 22 ruling party lawmakers from the Punjab Assembly (MPAs) are also part of the group. They include two provincial ministers – Nauman Langrial and Ajmal Cheema – and four provincial advisers – Abdul Hai Dasti, Ameer M Khan, Rafaqat Gillani and Faisal Jabuwana.
Other MPAs are Khurran Laghari, Aslam Bharwana, Nazir Chohan, Asif Majeed, Bilal Waraich, Umar Aftab, Tahir Randawa, Zawar Waraich, Nazir Baloch, Umer Tanveer Butt, Amin Chaudry, Chaudhary Iftikhar Gondal, Ghulam Rasool Sangha, Qasim Langah, Saeed Akbar Niwani and Salman Naeem.
Tareen was once considered a close friend of Prime Minister Imran Khan. However, the PTI’s former secretary general was sidelined after an inquiry report about a sugar crisis accused him of benefiting from a steep hike in prices of the commodity in January 2020.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch two projects for overseas Pakistanis who have availed the Roshan Digital Account (RDA) scheme in his address on Thursday (tomorrow).
Senator Faisal Javed announced this in a tweet on Tuesday. Faisal said that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is launching two new initiatives for overseas Pakistan under the Roshan Digital Account scheme.
“Roshan Apni Car [and] Roshan Samaaji Khidmat as we celebrate RDA reaching USD 1 Billion mark,” he said while further announcing that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be addressing overseas Pakistanis on Thursday at 11:00am.
“Since the launch of #RoshanDigitalAccount Scheme by PM Imran Khan on the 10th Sep, 2020, more than 120,000 accounts have been opened and more than USD 1 billion worth of foreign remittances have been brought in these accounts,” the senator announced.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that funds received under Roshan Digital Account (RDA) have crossed one billion dollars. In a tweet, the prime minister thanked overseas Pakistanis as funds received through the Roshan Digital Account (RDA) – an investment initiative facilitating foreign investors – crossed $1 billion.
“Alhamdulillah, funds received through #RoshanDigitalAccount have crossed $1b,” tweeted PM Imran. The premier thanked “overseas Pakistanis for their overwhelming response”. He also appreciated the central bank of Pakistan and commercial banks for achieving the “significant milestone in such a short period”.
The Roshan Digital Account was launched by the PTI government last year, to enable overseas Pakistanis to operate digital accounts in their motherland while sitting abroad. The aim was to attract investment from the diaspora to bolster foreign exchange reserves from this initiative.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan will reach Quetta on Wednesday (today) on a day-long visit, where he would review the law and order, announce a special package for Balochistan and inaugurate development projects, besides distributing money among youngsters under the Kamyab Jawan Programme.
The prime minister will also inaugurate road projects in the province including Dera Murad Jamali Bypass, Western Bypass Quetta, Ziarat Mor, and Kuch Harnai Road.
The prime minister will also distribute the money among youngsters under the Kamyab Jawan Programme during his visit.
Detailing the project, SAPM Usman Dar said that after being launched in the other three provinces, it will be launched in Balochistan from Wednesday.
“It will pave the way for Balochistan youth to move forward in getting better employment and other opportunities,” he said, adding that banks have been directed to expedite the process in this regard.
“So far an amount of Rs8 billion has been disbursed among 10,000 youngsters,” he said, adding that by June this year an amount of Rs5 billion more would be disbursed among the youth.
During his last visit to Balochistan in November 2020, lamenting that Balochistan never figured among the priorities of rulers in the past, Prime Minister Imran Khan pledged that his government would extend every possible help to the people of the province.
Speaking at the University of Turbat, the prime minister said the incumbent government wants to give priority to marginalized areas. “Everyone should realise that Pakistan will prosper if Balochistan progresses,” he said. “There should be a realisation that we are all united,” he said, stressing that the progress of all federating units is vital to a strong federation. – TLTP