ISLAMABAD: The federal government has determined to launch an inquiry in opposition to senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Khawaja Asif for holding Iqama (work allow) throughout his tenure because the federal minister.
Talking to reporters right here on Saturday, Particular Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan stated the federal cupboard had accredited investigations in opposition to Asif to “discover out” how a “guarantor of nationwide safety grew to become a nationwide safety threat himself”.
“An individual who served within the capacities of a defence minister, a international minister and a water and energy minister was discovered to have drawn a wage from a international firm. This can be a massive menace to Pakistan’s safety,” she added.
Firdous stated that the matter had been referred to the Ministry of Inside for probe — to find out as to “how one tasked with safeguarding the nation’s nationwide safety, the defence minister, was working for one more nation and presenting a safety threat to Pakistan”.
She stated that each one the agreements and defence-related MoUs signed throughout his tenure because the defence minister, and all steps associated to Pakistan’s nationwide safety taken throughout the interval shall be evaluated.
She stated the investigation will take into consideration the international locations which have pursuits with the corporate that gave Iqama to Asif, including that the case was ‘a critical safety breach’.
Taking a jibe on the opposition, Firdous maintained that political events on the opposite facet of the treasury benches create hue and cry when the established order is challenged.
Speaking concerning the financial measures taken by the federal government, the SAPM declared that nation can’t be run with out taxes.
She stated that a market as massive as [Lahore’s] Anarkali which has 20,000 retailers, was discovered to have solely 600 tax filers.
“These middlemen are charging taxes and the top buyer is paying them, however it isn’t going to the federal government’s treasury so then whose pockets is it going into?” she requested.
“The actual dealer is taken into account by the federal government as its pivotal accomplice with which the wheel of progress, authorities, financial system is hooked up,” she noticed.
“A dialogue on all their real points will do no hurt. Our doorways are open for that. They need to not really feel the necessity to take out strikes to get their calls for fulfilled,” she pressured.
The SAPM claimed that former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was solely a custodian of Sharif household’s enterprise pursuits on account of which the nation was present process an financial disaster.
She stated that leaders previously used to stay an opulent life, whereas the cash collected from taxes was spent on ideas.
Firdous maintained that Abbasi made 9 international journeys in 2017 and took 114 folks with him, whereas in 2018, he made 10 international journeys the place 105 folks accompanied him.
She claimed that these journeys brought on a lack of billions of rupees to the nationwide exchequer.
Criticising Pakistan Peoples Get together Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Firdous stated that a political beginner spoke in English to his international masters in Sukkur within the garb of a political rally.