Islamabad June 17 (TNS): Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that nothing will come out the ongoing investigation as the Sharif family had faced such investigation and accountability four times in the past.
“Our holdings — the Ittifaq Foundries — were the result of the toil of my late father and his six brothers since 1930s before they became fully functional industries in 1960. But unfortunately, in 1972 our industries were stanched from us under the privatisation drive of Bhutto. Again, his daughter Benazir Bhutto put us to rigorous accountability in the 90s by choking our industries. Then, military dictator started our accountability, but at the end, we emerged victoriously and nothing could be proved against us,” he said after appearing before the Joint Investigation Team that quizzed him for around four hours.
While challenging his detractors to prove a single corruption charge against him and his elder brother Nawaz Sharif involving the national kitty or mega projects, Shahbaz said that the Sharif family’s personal business was being investigated which has nothing to do with the national kitty.
While alluding to Pervez Musharraf, who instead of going to the court for a personal appearance in the Lal Masjid case dashed into AFIC Rawalpindi complaining about a backache, Shahbaz said that he did not escape and bumped into AFIC despite having a genuine and chronic backache. “I and the prime minister have presented ourselves before the JIT while showing our dues respect to the law. A new chapter has been written that an elected prime minister has presented himself for accountability,” he said.
He also said that the Sharif family paid off around Rs6 billion in loans of banks while others waived off their loans. “If any corruption occurred in the metro bus, water or any other mega projects?” he asked while recalling that previous leaders committed corruption in projects including Rental Power Plants, Nandipur Power Project, NICL and other projects, making billions of rupees losses to the national kitty.
Answering a question, he said that he answered all the IJT questions according to his knowledge.