Information and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz said on Saturday that the Opposition’s All Parties Conference (APC) would be a gathering of accused and losers who want to create law and order in the country.
Addressing a press conference here along with Shehzad Akbar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Home and Accountability, he said that the opposition was trying to spread despair as it had been saying from day one that the government had failed. He said that the opposition wanted to rule the country to protect its illicit wealth and property but the result of APC would be zero. Shibli said the convict would address the APC through a video link, adding that the opposition was trying to put pressure on the government to ease corruption. Shibli said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he is ready to sit with the opposition on any issue but he will not compromise on corruption. He said that the government has achieved success, revived the economy, exports and remittances are increasing and economic indicators are improving. The minister added that the government had overcome the Corona virus and then revived the economy. No other government in the world has done this.
Shibli said the government had negotiated with power generating companies to provide cheap electricity and gas to the people. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced incentives for the construction sector and the government would fulfill its promise to build 5 million houses by the end of its term. He said that Nawaz Sharif destroyed the country and brought the economy to the brink of bankruptcy while inside and Altaf Hussain harmed the country by sitting abroad. He further said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is transparent and committed and strives for the development of the country.
The joint sitting of parliament passed anti-terrorism and money laundering bills to meet the needs of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), he said. Legislation was made in the best interest of the country and to get Pakistan out of the gray list, he added, adding that the former rulers did not legislate on money laundering for their own interests and the FATF dropped Pakistan. Put on the list He noted that the opposition was exposed for its opposition to the FATF legislation.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Home Affairs and Accountability, Shehzad Akbar, said the FATF is represented by countries that review each other’s laws to determine whether they deal with money laundering and terrorist financing. Meets the requirements for or not. He said that Pakistan has FATF Secretariat which is represented by various agencies and has worked on ways to curb money laundering. He added that as a responsible government, it is its duty to legislate on the FATF.
Shehzad said the government had been discussing FATF-related laws with the opposition for the past one year. The opposition wanted 34 amendments to the NAB law, he said, adding that despite opposition resistance, the government passed the laws with the support of the people.
Shehzad said there were cases of fake accounts due to flaws in the money laundering law. He added that the FATF had a pamphlet mentioning measures to curb money laundering and the government had also provided provisions in the law in this regard.
He urged Pakistan to be out of the gray list and stop money laundering. He said that the opposition tried to stop the money laundering cases of Shahbaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others by proposing amendments in the law. He said the opposition wanted the NAB not to be an investigative agency for money laundering.
He denied that there was a new provision in the law to put a person in jail for six months. He said that agencies can arrest an individual for various crimes and money laundering was made a significant crime to avoid delay in investigation. He clarified that in the age of media and in the presence of journalists and cameras, miscalculation in Parliament is not possible for the passage of bills. Shehzad said that APC participants including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Zardari and Ahsan Iqbal are accused while Nawaz Sharif is guilty. He clarified that the agenda of the APC was that the opposition wanted a change in the rules of the NAB and was looking for options for the appointment of judges of its own accord, adding that the investigative technique was applied by the FAT. F has been done as per the demand. App
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