ISLAMABAD - Exposing financial corruption allegedly committed by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Jahangir Tareen on Tuesday, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid stated with regrets that PTI leadership has forced the government to do so. "The government is pursuing the agenda of development for the betterment of people and does not want to indulge in politics of accusations. But Imran Khan and his party comrades are violating law at their free will," Rasheed told a news conference along with Minister of State for Privatisation Muhammad Zubair.

The information minister said that the government has decided to further reduce oil prices at the end of this month to pass on benefit of the reduced oil prices in international market to the people of Pakistan. "The prime minister will decide how much the prices will be decreased further," he said, indicating that government will implement its agenda of development at all costs and would not allow PTI or any other political party to sabotage it.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Privatisation Muhammad Zubair said the business of PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen multiplied during his tenure as a minister in the government of former president General (Retd) Pervaiz Musharraf. "By the end of 1990s, Jahangir Tareen owned an ordinary business but as soon as he became member of Pervaiz Musharraf's government, he started multiplying his wealth and now he is ranked as one of the richest people of the country," Zubair maintained.

He said in 2004, Jahangir Tareen, who is the major contributor to PTI's ongoing protest campaigns, influenced to write-off loan of Rs247 million from Habib Bank Limited (HBL).

Zubair further said as a minister, the PTI General Secretary also launched an agriculture support programme under which a huge fund worth billions of rupees came from abroad but he used this amount to support his own business.

"By 1999, Jahangir Tareen's sugar mills were producing only 4,000 tonnes of sugar but now his mills are producing a huge amount of 60,000 tonnes of the commodity," he said, adding he is also the biggest contractor of Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP).

Now the question arises, the minister of state said that how he succeeded to accumulate such a huge amount of wealth in a short period of time.

Muhammad Zubair said Imran Khan announced a civil disobedience but his right hand and PTI secretary general's company had paid billions of rupees in connection to utility bills and taxes.

He also alleged that by using advantage of his party's government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Jahangir Tareen also received number of contracts in different sectors in KPK. "Imran Khan always criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz  (PML-N) for doing business along side politics but if PTI succeeds to make government then what would Jahangir Tareen do, leaving politics or his business," Muhammad Zubair questioned.

He said the PTI's 82 per cent parliamentarians are non-regular tax payers, adding that during the whole decade of 1990, Imran Khan himself never filed tax returns. He said that soon he would also present proofs of more irregularities of Imran Khan and other PTI leaders.

Zubair also disclosed that eighty-two per cent MNAs and MPAs from PTI, including the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, do not pay tax regularly, while Imran Khan blames others for not paying taxes.

He said a banker in 1990s Jehangir Tareen today has become one of the richest persons of the country. He said all the contracts of mining in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are being given to the companies of Jehangir Tareen.