Friday Feb 08, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday set an eight-day deadline for National Assembly Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif to resign as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Rashid stressed that Shehbaz Sharif was not acceptable in the PAC. “I have informed Prime Minister Imran Khan that Shehbaz Sharif is not acceptable to me as Public Accounts Committee chairman.”
He added that Sharif was trying to bargain in his position and a bargain would not be acceptable. “They are here on a picnic. Giving interviews and getting their pictures taken. Speaker sb you have done the wrong thing,” Rashid said referring to Sharif’s production orders being issued by the National Assembly speaker.
“I am only quite in this country because of Imran Khan.”
A day earlier, the federal cabinet called on Sharif to also resign from the chairmanship. Following the federal cabinet meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the PAC was being used to protect those being probed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
“The committee is being used as a shield against corruption,” Chaudhry said.
The minister added that Saad Rafique and others accused of corruption worth billions would be made members of the PAC.
“We (federal cabinet) believe that Shehbaz Sharif should resign on moral grounds,” Chaudhry added.