Pakistan

LAHORE – Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Saturday that some institutions were trying to usurp the rights of parliament fearing that efforts were underway to make it worthless.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the minister also raised concerns about the appeal to be filed by National Accountability Bureau in Hudaibiya Paper Mills case.

“Some influential people called the NAB and said if the appeal regarding the Hudaibiya case will be carried out or not?” Iqbal said.

He alleged that there was ‘an office’ conspiring to influence the accountability watchdog and hoped that the chief justice would fulfill the requirements of justice.

The legislator then highlighted the achievements of sitting government and said Pakistan made exceptional gains during the past four years.

“The backbone of terrorism has been broken, except one or two incidents that happen from across the border” he claimed.

The minister observed that development projects worth billions were in progress in Balochistan and load-shedding was curtailed to a larger extent.

To a query regarding the Sunday’s bye-polls in NA-120, the lawmaker claimed that PML-N would emerge victorious while taking the plea that “people don’t vote by watching television shows”.

Iqbal said that a state never develops if it is in the hands of a corrupt leader and added that the former premier Nawaz Sharif presented his three generations for accountability.

“Everyone saw what happened to an elected prime minister,” the minister said.

The interior minister also paid tribute to World XI players who visited Pakistan for Three T20s0.

“The successful PSL final was the impetus behind the international players’ motivation to come to Pakistan,” he said.

Ahsan maintained that soon Karachi would also get security clearance to hold matches.