LAHORE - Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has said investigation into corruption cases other than those of off-shore companies will take much lesser time to complete and hold the corrupt accountable.

“It is not more than a week or so that probe into the cases of rental power project, LPG quota, kickbacks, written off loans, Hajj scam, and opening of offshore companies with the charity money will take than the current matter of probing the offshore companies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s kids,” said the provincial minster, during a press conference yesterday, pointing out the alleged corruption of several politicians of parties in Opposition.

“Records of such cases is easily available at home and through investigative stories while that of the off shore companies would need to be brought from abroad,” the law minister said, adding that the inquiry into offshore cases might take more than six months.

However, Sanaullah did not say which set of cases should be taken up first and left it to the choice of the Chief Justice of Pakistan who has been sent ToRs to hold inquiry into all cases.

Rana Sanaullah strongly grilled the opposition on its demand for holding the PM and his kids accountable in the first instance before the Judicial Commission. “Now no one will be spared of accountability and if this process is not across the board and is selective, people will not accept its results,” he held.

With reference to offshore companies of PTI leader Jahangir Tareen’s sons, the law minister asked what magic they worked that offshore companies opened with just Rs2.9 million enabled them earn the property worth Rs430 million?

“Whosoever misused the national wealth must be exposed,” the law minister asserted, holding Jahangir Tarin accused of getting his loans written off.

Defending the multibillion companies of the Sharif kids, he said that their grandfather was a billionaire even before establishment of Pakistan and it was not surprising if the children of Nawaz Sharif were running their own businesses when they were forced on exile during Musharraf era.

To a question, Sana said the CJP would be authorised to pick up whatever points he would like from the Terms of Reference of the government and the Opposition and the government would not object to it.

About the incident of women harassment in PTI’s rally in Lahore, the PML-N leader said it was highly shameless. He termed the PTI rally ‘provocative’ for the youth as lacking mashraqiat (oriental touch). He said the persons involved in the incident have been identified and action will be taken against them.

To a question, he praised NAB as an independent institution for holding fair accountability. He said the institution is headed by a person of integrity and honesty.

When a question was put that Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of the PML-N had expressed serious reservations against the NAB and its officers in the recent past but he was now holding it total impartial and fair minded, Sanaullah said it had double contexts: trust in the institution and its performance. “There is no question about the performance of NAB,” he added.