Info minister says no need for commission on so-called ‘foreign conspiracy’


ISLAMABAD – Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb Saturday said that the National Security Committee (NSC) and intelligence agencies have categorically denied any foreign conspiracy to topple Imran Khan’s government so there is no need for parliamentary investigation on this issue.

Marriyum said the narrative of conspiracy against Imran Khan has now buried and the former premier will face the court.

“What is left to be investigated after the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting’s press release which clearly pointed out that there was no conspiracy.

 

The premier intelligence agencies have also categorically stated [in the meeting] that they found no such thing [during investigation] which even gives an impression of the conspiracy,” she said while addressing a press conference here.

Marriyum said Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed, who had written and sent the cipher to the PTI government, also informed the NSC that there was no iota of a conspiracy in it.

Imran Khan would not abandon his politics of lies and chaos even if the commission was set up on his request, she said recalling the PTI’s hostile political misadventures, mainly sit-ins, after a body was established to probe the election rigging on his demand.

In response to the former premier’s demand that the Supreme Court should take up the conspiracy issue, the minister said Imran Khan was demanding to resign from the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to save himself from the decision against him in the foreign funding case. She said the CEC will not resign on the demand of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The federal minister said the chief election commissioner is going to give a verdict in the foreign funding case and alleged embezzlement of 7 million dollars from Imran Khan within 30 days. She said the Election Commission of Pakistan has written 28 letters for new delimitation to the PTI government in the last four years but Imran Khan did not take any step in this regard and now telling lies before the nation.

PTI ‘narrative of conspiracy’ now buried: Marriyum

Marriyum said the names of Farah Gujjar, Shehzad Akbar and other corrupt people who were involved in selling transfers and postings in Punjab and at the Centre and other corruption in the Imran-led government, will be put on the ECL.

She said the next general elections will not be held before the electoral reforms and formal preparations of the election commission of Pakistan for it.

About the oath of Hamza Shehbaz as CM Punjab, she said President Arif Alvi has received the summary in this regard but he has not released orders to the Senate Chairman for oath taking.

She said they were not going to do any legislation on the matter of IMF agreements. Meanwhile, the minister held a meeting with the Media Joint Action Committee. On the occasion, she said that amendments would be made in Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) laws to eliminate fake news.

The forum reached a consensus that fake news damages national security interests and societal cohesion. “Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will not compromise on the protection of freedom of expression,” the Minister said.

“For four years, the people, politics and journalism have been derailed,” she said adding that during this time, attempts were made to snatch the ‘freedom of the nation’.

Aurangzeb added that ‘black laws’ such as the PECA Ordinance and Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) conspired to enslave 220 million people.

She further condemned the allegations made by former prime minister Imran Khan against journalists in the ‘foreign conspiracy’ scandal. “Whoever speaks the truth, Imran refers to him as a traitor,” she said.

Lashing out at the previous regime for the media gag, she said only democratic leaders valued and believed in the right of freedom of expression. “Free and independent media provides shield to the politicians and we will strengthen it further,” she added.

The minister said the media industry was destroyed by the previous government which also created the worst economic issues for the country.

She said the incumbent government was fully cognizant of the problems faced by the journalist community and intended to reverse the damage caused by the previous government to the media industry and economy.

Marriyum accused the previous PTI government of hatching a conspiracy against the country by bringing the national economy to the verge of bankruptcy.

The minister said PTI chairman Imran Khan even declared those persons traitors who did expose his misdeeds and corruption.

She urged the media to play its role in countering such propaganda campaigns against the institutions and journalists.

Imran Khan, she said, did not know how to run the country, but he knew the art of telling lies to the public. “He still thinks that he can mislead the nation, but it is not going to happen this time as he has been fully exposed,” the minister added.

She said Imran Khan had orchestrated the foreign conspiracy drama to cover up his government’s failures. “If a conspiracy was hatched against him, then why did the National Assembly Speaker, who was from your party, let the motion moved, laid, approved and voted upon?” she questioned.

She said the foreign conspiracy narrative propped up just after the PTI’s coalition partners announced to quit the alliance due to corruption, deceit, incompetency and hypocrisy of Imran Khan. There was foreign conspiracy until the allied parties stood with the PTI government, she added.

Marriyum asked Imran Khan as to why he did not disclose “the conspiracy” soon after his government received the telegram from the Pakistani envoy in the US on March 8.

Marriyum asked the PTI leadership whether Imran Khan was interfering in Indian election when he said in the Parliament that the Kashmir dispute would be resolved if Modi came to the power again.

Soon after that statement, Imran Khan sold Kashmir to India, she said, asking the PTI leadership to explain whether he (Imran) was the manager of Modi’s election campaign.

She accused Imran Khan of laundering money through the accounts of his servants at Bani Gala residence.

Imran Khan, she said, was destined to hold sit-ins as he did not boast even a single achievement which he made in his tenure, she said, adding the people would ask the PTI chairman questions about the hidden hands behind sugar, flour and other scams  during his government, and above all money laundering of $70,000 as reported by State Bank of Pakistan in the foreign funding case pending in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the last eight years.

Lashing out at Imran Khan, she said the PTI chief had robbed even the country’s Baitul-Mal by selling precious gifts worth millions of rupees received from foreign dignitaries. He used Toshakhana for running his personal business. Imran-led government ruined the economy, handed over State Bank of Pakistan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Kashmir to India.

She said Imran Khan had rendered over 200,000 people jobless and pushed six million people below the poverty line during his over three and a half years government. He had robbed Rs 550 billion in the sugar scam and Rs 650 billion in the medicine scam, and devoured the Covid funds. Scores of patients had died due to unaffordable medicine prices, she added.

 

 



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