Mashhood rejects corruption allegations

LAHORE – Punjab Minister for Law, Sports and Education, Rana Mashhood Ahmad on Thursday rejected the allegations of corruption levelled by a private TV anchor against him and termed it baseless.

Addressing a press conference at Punjab Sports Board, he said that he had never earned money through any kind of corruption. He said that a joint investigation team (JIT) of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had declared him innocent while a court on the basis of JIT report also cleared him.

He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N was a democratic party and believed in dialogue process to resolve all political issues. He claimed that PML-N government had put the country on road to progress and prosperity, but some elements do not want to see Pakistan prosper economically.

The minister said the PML-N government was making efforts to steer the country out of crises.He said that energy projects of 10,400 megawatt with the cooperation of China have been launched to end energy crisis in the country. He said that political rivals were afraid of 14 months performance of the PML-N as rupee value has stabled, exports of the country have increased and new power projects were launched in the country.

Rana Mashhood said that Independence Day was a day to express harmony and unity with those Pakistani brothers and sisters (displaced persons) who sacrificed their lives for peace of the country. He said that Independence Day was also a day to show solidarity with Pak army which was fighting war against militants in North Waziristan.

To a question, he said that people had given mandate to the PML-N and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) must respect the mandate. He said that parliament was the best forum to make reforms. The minister said that Imran Khan should not make the PTI as B-team of Dr Tahirul Qadri. He said that Sheikh Rasheed and Pervaiz Elahi, who were participating in the Azadi March, had already been rejected by the people.

To another query, he said that federal administration was in contact with the PTI regarding arrangements of Long March while he urged the PTI leadership to coordinate with federal administration regarding their plans so that government could facilitate them accordingly and maintain peace, law and order in the capital.

To a question regarding revolution march of Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT), he said that PAT chief was hatching conspiracies through his fiery speeches and statements which could create unrest and destroy law and order situation in the Pakistan.

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