Zardari cannot remain MNA for not declaring Manhattan apartment: Fawad

APP50-19 ISLAMABAD: December 19 – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain talking to media persons. APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, Dec 19 (APP):Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday said that Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari could not remain a member of the National Assembly (MNA), under articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution, for not declaring the New York apartment in his election nomination papers.

Talking to journalists here, he said that reports had surfaced in media that Zardari owned a single residential condo unit in Block No 1483, Lot No 1097, located at Street No 72, 524 East in Manhattan, New York, which he had not declared in his assets list submitted with the Election Commission of Pakistan. As per articles 62 and 63, he should be disqualified as MNA for concealing his assets, he added.
He said that the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf leader in Sindh Assembly Khurram Sher Zaman would file a reference in Election Commission for the disqualification of Asif Zardari.
Fawad said that he had been saying time and again that both Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari had already contested their last elections and their days in politics were numbered. The government faced no political challenge from the opposition parties, he added.
He said that all the cases and references against PML-N and PPP leadership were filed before PTI came to power. They were now falling like proverbial house of cards as the PTI government had only made the institutions independent, he added.
He said that the PTI government was fulfilling its pledge of introducing a corruption-free system of governance in the country.
The minister said that positive trends were coming in the national politics as the vision of prime minister regarding looters of national wealth was crystal clear. He said that the previous PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained corruption and scandal free.
He said that environment for foreign investment was changing in Pakistan as clouds of darkness on its economy were clearing and the foreign investors’ confidence had restored.
He cited the British Airways announcement to resume its operations in Pakistan, and added that Portugal and France had revised their travel advisories for their citizens.
He said that Saudi Arabia was coming with record investment in Pakistan’s history.
The minister said that the difference between the past governments and the present dispensation was that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government focus was on the poor and the government was making policies with compassion for the poor, like the State of Madina Munawwara.
Reacting to an article in the Washington Post, the minister for information said the working-class Pakistanis were excited about the government’s chicken and egg anti-poverty programme.
He said that Pakistan had great concern over Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, which should be stopped immediately.
To a question about property of Federal Minister Faisal Wada in London, he said that he had already declared it with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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