Karachi -  Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said that Zardari and his gang were busy looting the people of Sindh and the welfare of masses nowhere figured in their priorities.

He opined that the reforms could not be introduced in the province unless Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) President Asif Ali Zardari was held accountable for his wrongdoings. “Sindh is still far behind in health and education sectors,” he added.

Addressing a press conference here at PTI leader Imran Ismail’s residence, the PTI chief said that the money to be used for the progress of the country was being looted and sent abroad through corrupt means such as money laundering.

“How was $800 million invested in Dubai infrastructure during the last four years,” he questioned, and added, “This is the money transferred from the country through illegal means and should be investigated.”

He argued that corruption was the major reason behind dilapidated roads, ineffective local government system and weak national institutions in the country.

“The country’s system cannot be improved unless corruption is eliminated from the society,” he said, and added that the country had to look towards the IMF and World Bank due to the illegal transfer of money, causing decline in the forex reservoirs.

Imran further said that he would visit every nook and corner of Sindh to create awareness among masses about their rights and to enable them to get rid of corrupt elements.

“We will be fielding better candidates for the next general elections, and if given the chance to form a local government, we will introduce the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) style of local government system in the metropolis, which was also praised by the incumbent Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar,” he added.

He was of the view that privatisation was not a solution to dismal state of affairs existing at Pakistan Steel Mills, PIA and other state-owned entities. “Improvement in these institutions cannot be achieved unless these are run in a professional manner without any political influence and interference,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said that ban on the construction of high-rise and multi-story buildings in Karachi was not justified as Pakistan could face food security issue due to this and the national economy would also suffer an irreparable loss.

He was addressing a press briefing at ABAD House.

Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD)of Pakistan Chairman Arif Yousuf Jeewa, Senior Vice Chairman Fayaz Ilyas, Vice Chairman Sohail Warind, Chairman Southern Region Altaf Tai, PTI leaders Firdous Shamim Naqvi, Faisal Wada, Dr Arif Alvi and others were also present on the occasion.

Imran said that the construction industry was the backbone of the country’s economy and ban on the construction of high-rise and multi-story buildings would have negative repercussions for the national economy as thousands of people would be rendered jobless.

“Other than that, thousands of people linked with more than 70 industries, allied with the construction sector, will also face unemployment,” he said, and added that massive corruption was behind the ban.

Assuring ABAD office-bearers PTI’s complete support, he said he would raise this issue at every platform.

He said that domestic and foreign investments were decreasing due to corruption and that his party would continue to fight against the menace to make people more powerful.

“There is plenty of water in Karachi, but certain mafias have created artificial shortage of water in the city,” he said, and added that governments all over the world provided special incentives to the economic sector, but here opposite was the case as corrupt mafia was creating more problems for it.

PTI leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi, on the occasion, said that corrupt mafias had destroyed the construction sector of Pakistan and had developed Dubai instead.

He further said that a well-thought conspiracy had been hatched against Karachi by creating problems for the construction industry, which contributed a lot to the national economy.

Speaking on the occasion, ABAD Chairman Arif Yousuf Jeewa said that the Association had played a very important role in making Karachi a modern city and providing homes to thousands of people, which was a basic responsibility of the government.

He accused the bureaucracy of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) of creating problems for builders and developers by changing the Fixed Tax Regime (FTR) and raiding offices of ABAD members and freezing their bank accounts to cover up their inefficiencies. “But today the bank accounts of Ishaq Dar have been seized, which is the natural reaction of wrongdoings,” he remarked.

He added that ABAD members paid billions of rupees on account of betterment and development charges, but the government was not developing the infrastructure of Karachi.

Former chairman ABAD Hanif Gohar said that although people associated with the construction sector were the leading taxpayers, but the provincial government was showing no regard to that and was constantly trying to crush this important sector of the economy.

He said that the corrupt officers of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board had misguided the Supreme Court about the water situation in Karachi.