Dr. Firdous emphasized that the government strongly believe in supremacy of the constitution, accountability and the rule of law.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Friday said that no deal can take place with the opposition facing corruption charges till they return the national wealth.
Moreover, Dr Firdous said there is no chance of compromise on action against corruption. She added that opposition should anticipate the across the board accountability process.
She said that the government will ask questions to those responsible about misappropriation, corruption and misuse of public office.
Dr Firdous said the entire nation was suffering from corruption done by leaders of the past governments.
Notably, replying to a question, she said the government does not believe in any selected accountability process but will bring to justice all those who plundered the national exchequer.
“There will be no pick and choose policy but across-the-board accountability,” she assured.
Furthermore, whenever the process of accountability starts against the looters and plunderers, the opposition makes hue and cry chanting about victimization. Likewise she added that nobody have potential to hinder ongoing accountability process in the country.
She stated that all state institutions were working independently adding that the government fully believed on supremacy of law in the country.
Furthermore, she said the opposition was using “pressure tactics” to avoid accountability for corruption. However, to another question, she said protest against government is the democratic right of the opposition but it should be for masses interest and welfare.
Furthermore, minister also made it clear that safeguarding interests of the masses was the govt’s top most priority.
Coupled with, the special assistant said it was happening for the first time in the history of Pakistan that the government is retrieving the plundered wealth.
After the recent arrests of former president Asif Ali Zardari and opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz, Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has reportedly set its sights on former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Nevertheless, NAB has decided to formally convert its inquiry into an investigation against the former prime minister, in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal.
However, the transparency of accountability process is yet under question. Above all, some analysts assume it is a targeted process which is merely aimed at opposition and not on people sitting in government. Moreover, they maintain that selective accountability and prosecution would be fatal for democracy and political stability of the country.