ISLAMABAD  - The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman on Wednesday came down hard on National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, saying the bureau chief was handpicked by both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Imran Khan also said the NAB chief was busy in giving clean chits to the both in different corruption cases.

Addressing a press conference here in Islamabad, the PTI chief alleged that NAB was a joint venture of Nawaz Sharif Asif Ali Zardari. He said that Nawaz-Zadari nexus was dangerous for the country and added that was a classic example of politics of ‘muk muka’. “When Nawaz Sharif is in a fix, Asif Ali Zardari rescues him and vice a versa,” he said, adding both were united for protection of their properties in foreign countries. Both these leaders also supported each other in the past particularly during sit-in of his party and Nawaz had supported Zardari on the NRO issue, he said. He also alleged that both had also altered the charter of democracy as per their vested interests. He also said that there was no real opposition in the Parliament.

The PTI chief also demanded that there was a need to make the Federal Investigation (FIA) an independent body so it could investigate mega scams against all. Imran Khan also asked why FIA was not investigating former PPP leader Zulfiqar Mirza’s allegations of Rs430 billion against Asif Ali Zardari.  The PTI chairman demanded withdrawal of the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) Bill, 2014, which has been passed by the both the houses of the Parliament.

He criticised the move and termed it against industrial growth. This legislation would close down the industries as 70 per cent industry in KP had already closed down. “This bill would weaken the federation,” he said, adding this was another example of ‘muk muka’ of PML-N and PPP in the Parliament. He also said that PPP supported the cess bill against the desire of the people of Sindh. He further said that the rulers were causing hatred against the Punjab province through this legislation. Imran Khan alleged that PPP also backtracked on the rigging stance before the three-judge inquiry commission probing allegations in election rigging.

Imran Khan said that he would file a petition seeking the ECP’s permission to change code of conduct regarding his participation in the election campaign to present his party’s manifesto. He alleged that the Nawaz-League was doling out funds to influence the elections.

Imran Khan said that despite Sharif’ various visits to China, no one knew what was the exact map of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He said that the route of the corridor through district Dera Ismail Khan was the shortest one and this one should be constructed. This shortest route would also strengthen Balochistan.

“We can also bring back the separatists of Balochistan into the mainstream particularly through construction of CPEC,” he said. He said that PM was not giving due attention to the deprivation of the small provinces and the federal government was much focused on Punjab – “a big province”.

The PTI chairman showed his party’ confidence in the proceedings of the inquiry commission on 2013 general elections and added that they would accept the decision of the commission. “We have established before the commission that over 12 million extra ballot papers had been printed for the 2013 general elections and they were distributed in selected constituencies without any check of the Election Commission,” he said. Imran Khan said that during the first phase, the PTI would present important evidence before the commission.

Responding to a question, he said his claim also proved true in the NA-125 constituency, which was opened on the orders of the tribunal. The year of 2015 is the year of elections, he said, reiterating his resolve and predicting that the commission would give a decision in his party’s favour. He also said that he would present many new things before the commission.