Pervez Khattak said maximum assistance was given to the masses
NOWSHERA: Federal Defense Minister Pervez Khattak said on Thursday that Prime Minister Imran Khan was trying to provide maximum assistance to the masses despite the challenging economic situation created by the coronavirus pandemic.
He spoke at a press conference at Manki Sharif near here. Liaqat Khattak Province Irrigation Minister, Chairperson, Permanent Committee of the National Assembly for Energy and Natural Resources, Dr. Imran Khattak, and others were also present on the occasion. Pervez Khattak said Covid-19 had crippled the economies of almost all countries in addition to bringing death and affecting business activities at the global level.
He said that the Tehreek-e-Insaf government of Pakistan made use of all available resources for the welfare of the people by sharing their burdens through various programs during the economic crisis. Rejecting Jamaat-e-Islami, the defense minister said that, in fact, they carried out a sit-in in Nowshera against the Customs Forces, who had confiscated foreign clothes and vehicles from the JI leader. He said that JI provincial head Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan visited the Customs office three times to get confiscated foreign clothes and vehicles returned but he failed. “They (the JI ministers) have to tell how much corruption is carried out because their party is an ally of my previous provincial government,” the defense minister asked when answering corruption allegations addressed to him.
He said that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project was implemented through the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA), which then worked under minister Inayatullah Khan who was from JI. Regarding the alleged corruption that was raised by JI at BRT, he believed, in fact was a sheet of duty by JI against the minister himself, who enjoyed a luxurious life in the PTI tenure.
He questioned why JI protected mothers from corruption carried out in BRT or other projects carried out by the government of the allies at that time. “They should raise the issue of corruption when they are in government or should at least leave the cabinet to give an example of high moral values at that time,” he added. The defense minister said JI recently sat in Shobra Chowk in his home district of a drama, saying the party could not even gather several hundred people from Nowshera, Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan and Swabi and elsewhere from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The masses, he said, knew JI and other parties well, who did nothing for the welfare of the people and the state and only accumulated wealth. He said that Imran Khan was the first prime minister to handle the sugar and flour mafia and not even save people from his own party. Pervez Khattak also dismissed allegations of corruption in the Jabba Malam land project and said that no illegal actions were carried out in the contract with the company concerned.
“Our hands are clean and we are ready to offer ourselves for accountability by any department or institution,” concluded the defense minister.