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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi encouraged PML-N pioneer Khawaja Asif to quit taking cover behind the reason of “political vendetta” and face accountability. 

The unfamiliar clergyman was holding the news gathering with Adviser to Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan. He was responding to Khawaja Asif’s capture in the resources past methods case and the PML-N’s solid response against it. 

“Khawaja Asif was invited many times to present himself to NAB and satisfy the bureau,” said FM Qureshi. “It seems as if Asif couldn’t answer NAB’s questions [related to assets beyond means].”

The unfamiliar priest said that since the previous night — when Asif was captured — a tempest hosts emitted and Opposition gatherings have been stating that NAB has been getting vengeance on political opponents of the government. 

“NAB is an independent institution and is not subservient to the government,” he said. “The laws according to which NAB operares were not introduced by the PTI,” added FM Qureshi. 

The unfamiliar clergyman said that individuals should forgo talking about a PTI-NAB nexus since the responsibility department was a free body. 

“Only Khawaja Asif can shed light on why he was arrested,” he said. “They say, ‘If you asks us questions, we will lay a siege around you,'” said FM Qureshi, hitting out at the PML-N. 

‘Now we comprehend why Opposition needed to change NAB laws’

Continuing his outburst against the Opposition, FM Qureshi said each individual was considered responsible in good social orders the world over. “Now we are understanding why they wanted to amend NAB laws,” he said. “They had told us [the government] that if NAB laws are relaxed then [Opposition] will hold talks with us,” added Qureshi. 

He blamed the Opposition for requesting a NRO from the public authority, adding that Khawaja Asif had been available in the FATF-relaed enactment gatherings that occurred between the public authority and Opposition. 

He asked Khawaja Asif and other Opposition pioneers to answer to NAB’s allegations and uncover them on the off chance that they were to be sure unsanitary. “But they don’t have answers to NAB’s questions,” he said. “Imran Khan brought forth a 40-year-old record and appeared before the court,” said Qureshi, adding that in the wake of gauging the proof, the Supreme Court announced PM Imran Khan “Sadiq and Ameen’.

Babar Awan accuses Nawaz Sharif of laundering money

Awan spoke next, hitting out at PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz for saying that Nawaz Sharif should not have been punished for holding an Iqamah. 

“I need to disclose to individuals the different points of interest that accompany holding an Iqamah,” he said. “With an Iqamah, you can hold accounts in unfamiliar banks,” he added. 

Awan said that Iqamahs are a residency permit that those who work abroad get. He said that money earned through illegal means is sent abroad and then brought back to the country by Pakistan’s politicians. 

“People who ceaselessly live abroad become local people in outside countries,” he said. “However, for what reason did Nawaz Sharif and Khawaja Asif wanted to get an Iqamah?” he asked. 

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