Jul 132017

QUETTA: Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai has reiterated his party’s unconditional support to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, saying no one would be allowed to derail democracy in the country in the name of accountability.

“Just targeting one person [PM Nawaz] and his family in the name of Panama leaks have no justification and it is a conspiracy against democracy and democratic institutions,” Achakzai said while addressing a news conference in Quetta on Thursday.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing offshore assets of the Sharif family indicted Premier Nawaz in its July 10th report submitted to the Supreme Court, saying “he is in possession of assets beyond known sources of income”.

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Achakzai said his party had formed an alliance with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for the sake of democracy and it never supported undemocratic forces in the country for the last 60 years.

He sees hatching a conspiracy in the garb of investigation against the ruling family to close the chapter of democracy in the country. However, he warned that “PkMAP will not tolerate such attempt and resist it with full force”.

The PkMAP leader went on to say that he is not against the accountability but want that there should be no discrimination and investigation into corruption should be carried out against all those who had committed corruption.

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“Accountability also should be carried out against all those who broke the Constitution and disgraced parliament if investigation is continue against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” he added.

In the present situation, Achakzai said, no one is popular than Mian Nawaz Sharif and his party was supporting him for strengthening the democracy and rule of Constitution. “Millions of people will take to streets across the country as it happened in Turkey last year if the Constitution is touched or any attempt to do wrong with it.”

Replying to a question, Achakzai said corruption is biggest issue of Pakistan and there is need to convene a roundtable conference and joint session of parliament to discuss the issue to find out the suitable solution to root out the festering practice from our society.

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In a veiled reference to the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the PkMAP chief questioned why investigation was not initiated against those who disgraced parliament by breaking its walls during the 126-day sit-ins in the Red Zone of Islamabad. “Why the authorities are not initiated probe into those sit-ins.”

Pakistan, Achakzai said, could not emerge as an Asian tiger and the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects could be implementing until peace is not restored across the country.

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