PML-N demands arrest of Gen Qazi
ISLAMABAD, Nov 2: The Pakistan Muslim League-N has called for the arrest of former railways minister Lt-Gen (retd) Javed Ashraf Qazi and others allegedly involved in leasing out the railways’ land to a private golf club.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, PML-N’s spokesman Mohammad Siddiqul Farooq said those responsible for causing a huge loss to the national exchequer should be punished in accordance with law, adding that an agreement between the National Accountability Bureau and Hasnain Construction Company for the additional payment of Rs16 billion was not sufficient.
Mr Farooq said he had raised the issue in 2002 and written letters to the then NAB chairman about the corruption committed by Gen Qazi, a former ISI chief.
The PML-N leader said he had also sent private references against PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain for their alleged involvement in the wheat scandal, but no action was taken against them.
He urged the Supreme Court to order implementation of the recommendations made unanimously by the Public Accounts Committee in this regard.
He requested the chief justice to take suo motu notice of the 2005-2006 stock market scandal in which then finance minister Shaukat Aziz had plundered $13 billion of 35,000 small investors.
He said he would file an application in the apex court to become a party in the railways scam and other corruption cases.
He alleged that when he raised voice against the corruption of Gen (retd) Qazi he had been kidnapped from outside his house and subjected to torture at the behest of the former railways minister.