APP63-07 ISLAMABAD: January 07 – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain addressing press conference. APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, Jan 7 (APP):Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Monday said the nation was united against corruption and wanted that cases against those, who had looted money and then made properties in London and Dubai, should reach their logical conclusion.Addressing a press conference flanked with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shehzad Akbar here, he said from day one the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had promised to the nation that it would put big thieves behind bars. It had achieved 90 percent success in that regard and would hopefully get the target of remaining 10 percent soon. 
	The opposition wanted that it should be given an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) or corruption should be legalized, he added.
	Talking about the fake bank accounts case, the minister said the accused did not dispute even a single fake account during the hearing in the Supreme Court. Asif Ali Zardari was the real owner of Omni Group and the apex court had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to complete the investigation of the case in two months, he added.
	He said the top court also directed that the names of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Murad Ali Shah should be removed from the Exit Control List (ECL).
	He said the PTI stood by its demand that Murad Ali Shah should resign from the post of Sindh chief minister as immense corruption was done through the fake bank accounts while he was at the helm of affairs either as Sindh finance minister or chief minister. The Omni Group could not get benefits without his cooperation, he added.
	NAB would decide its next course of action on the cases, he said and appreciated the efforts of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for digging out facts.
	He said the PTI government had not initiated any case of corruption, which were rather filed in 2015. However, the incumbent government gave freedom to the investigation agencies to look into the cases and take further action.
	He said the leadership of two main parties had signed the 'charter of corruption' with the understanding that they  would not open each other’s cases.
	Now Maulana Fazlur Rehman was trying to forge an 'alliance for restoration of corruption', he remarked.
	Explaining the nature of the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the minister said he was on a private visit in first two days, while the third day was an official one. However, many of the media persons despite having no clue in that regard, did not hesitate to make their comments, he added. 
	He said the United Arab Emirates had made a significant contribution in setting up hospitals and charities in Pakistan. The announcement regarding the $three billion package for Pakistan had already been made by the UAE, he added. 
	He said the UAE also had an important role in the ongoing negotiations for peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan and the UAE had strong strategic and economic ties, he noted. 
	To a question, he said when the PTI government came into power the economy was in a bad condition. Initially it  had to take measures like those of firefighting to stabilize the situation and now it was working on a plan to provide an industrial and manufacturing base, by encouraging exports, discouraging imports and creating jobs, he added.
	Answering another question about fake news, he said the media houses should take their responsibility and revive their editorial departments with professional journalists at the helm to provide authentic information.
	The government did not want to regulate the media and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) should play its due role in that regard, he added.
	SAPM Shehzad Akbar said the Supreme Court had not rejected even a single allegation mentioned in the JIT report in the fake bank accounts case. All those named in the JIT report, including Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Murad Ali Shah, Omni Group owners and Bahria Town's Malik Riaz, could not defend themselves against allegations of corruption and money laundering, in their replies submitted to the Supreme Court.
	“No answers have been given by the Pakistan Peoples Party leadership about the allegations contained in the 131-page JIT report  and its 1,000 annexures. They still have a chance to get them cleared during investigations by  NAB,” he added. 
	He said the Supreme Court had not exempted Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Syed Murad Ali Shah from the NAB investigations. The top court had not taken their reservations into account and referred the case to NAB for further investigation as per the JIT's recommendations. 
	The SAPM said as per the JIT report, land worth billions of rupees was illegally occupied by the accused and they would have to respond to each and every allegation.
	He said the accused would have to answer for billions of rupees deposited in their accounts for awarding  contracts to ineligible persons. “Which favours were given to the contractors against the amounts deposited in the fake accounts?” he asked.
 	He said fake companies were established with fake bank accounts and hidden properties were bought abroad.
The accused would have to answer as to how the Omni Group expanded from few companies to 98, he added.
	He said as per the JIT's findings, money was also transferred to the bank account of Farooq H Naik's son. 
	He said the payment for air tickets of top PPP leaders was also made from the fake accounts. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah would have to answer for the way the Sindh Bank was being operated, he added.