PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said that the international financial support being given to Pakistan by friendly countries is welcome, but no “foreign force” can prevent the economic slide the country appeared to be heading towards because of PTI government’s policies.
“Considering the financial situation at present [and] the way decisions are being taken arbitrarily… the country cannot be managed in this manner,” the former president said while speaking in the National Assembly.
He said no foreign power, be it China or any other country, could save Pakistan once it starts its journey towards becoming a “failed state” on the sliding scale “because everyone will think of their own country”.
Zardari said during the PPP government’s tenure, he had generated interest for investment in Pakistan through his 15 visits to China. It later materalised in the form of the agreement leading to the handover of the Gwadar port to China, he added.
‘NAB chairman should appear before parliament’
Zardari said he was hearing of plans among various parties to call on the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, purportedly to discuss the bureau’s anti-corruption drive that has ensnared several opposition members.
“Why will you go to the NAB chairman?” he asked the MNAs present, before declaring: “The NAB chairman should appear in person before the parliament.”
Zardari said the matter was not personal to him because he had encountered “many NABs” during his career and “will continue to face them”.
“The real issue is, what will happen when you are summoned [by the accountability watchdog]?” he said with a meaningful smile, presumably addressing the treasury benches.
The former president proposed that the cases against parliamentarians should be reviewed by the house committee on law before they are sent to NAB.
He said he wants to work to strengthen the parliament and democracy, and pointing towards government benches said, “I also want to train these news friends that have come to the parliament.”
More to follow.