Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is among the three leaders who will appear on March 09 before FIA’s Counter Terrorism Wing. The other two are Ahsan Iqbal and Khawaja Asif. They will appear before the FIA’s Counter Terrorism Wing on March 10.
The three leaders had attended the press conference by PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz held at the Model Town secretariat of PML – N on July 06 last year. It was the event where they played the ‘secretly recorded’ video. In the video, the accountability judge’s confession was secretly recorded. The judge was seen saying that he was blackmailed and pressurized for convicting Mian Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia reference.
“A PML-N sympathizer had recorded the said video”, claimed Maryam Nawaz earlier
Currently Mr. Iqbal and Mr Abbasi are on a two day visit at Karachi for dealing reorganization matters of party. Before this a three member FIA team had investigated PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid, the party’s deputy secretary general Attaullah Tarar and another party leader, Azma Bokhari. Babar Bakht Qureshi Counter Terrorism Wing chief had headed the investigation team. The investigation is based on the allegation by the Judge that the video has been edited. The senator Rashid appeared before the team in December 2019 in Lahore. He had commented after the appearance that forensic audit of the video should be conducted and a case should be registered against PML – N if the video would be proved to be fake. He was of the opinion that PML – N had released the video to prove their leader innocent and they would provide the proof to court as well.
Mr. Tarrar briefed the reporters that he had already submitted his reply in response to the FIA investigators’ quiz relating his presence in the press conference. He expressed his concerns about the attitude of government of investigating the PML – N leaders and not conducting the audit of video tape. He added that the FIA report has already been submitted to the court. Summoning the PML – N leader has been started by the new FIA head Wajid Zia. Mr. Zia is considered to be a star witness in the Panama Paper case against the former PM Mian Nawaz Sharif and his family and has also been involved in gathering evidence against him.
“We urge all the stake holders to devise and implement an appropriate mechanism to run and regulate the economy”, says Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
PML – N senior leaders including Mr. Khaqan Abbasi, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal and Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb had reached Karachi with a political agenda. After bail of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mr. Abbasi from Adiala Jail this was the first high profile visit for reorganizing the party. Sources report that Mr Shahid has suggested that a suitable mechanism should be discussed and decided by “relevant forces and stakeholders” for running the economy. He claimed that the current model “brought two years ago” has failed and resulted in miserable state of the economy and has led to internal instability.
Mr Abbasi is reported to make PML – N’s future strategy clear by calling the current government as “dictatorship”. He did not mention any names of the forces and stakeholders however he recommended the future strategy for reviving the country from the continuing disaster. After offering Fateha at mausoleum of Quaid he said to the reporters, “It’s a need of the hour that all the stakeholders and forces sit together and decide how this country would be run”.
He added, “We believe that the governance model brought forward in 2018 has failed. We decided to support assembly and the democratic system albeit we had serious reservations over the controversial elections held in 2018. However now we are concerned about the seriousness of the situations. The economy has collapsed, the country is facing a serious threat and we do not see any hope in the situations.”
PML – N delegation visited the MQM Headquarter after the Mazar – i– Quaid. MQM is a coalition partner of PTI government. The delegation was welcomed by the MQM – P leaders and afterwards both sides expressed the meeting as a goodwill gesture.
Mr. Abbasi told the reporters that the meeting was not to ask MQM to be an opposition partner for working against the government, instead the purpose was to share views about the situations prevailing in the country. In the past PML – N and MQM has worked with each other and understand each other and the meeting was to promote the civilized democratic culture and give suggestions to each other.
MQM Leader Dr Khalid Mehmood Siddiqui said that we understand that a major political party should take steps for developing trust of people on the democratic and parliamentary system. He suggested massive reforms to the current democratic system and recommended that the feudal and capitalist elite should be excluded from the country politics.