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Monday Apr 11 2022
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We reject PM Shehbaz's offer to probe letter-gate scandal: Fawad

By
Web Desk
Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry. — APP
Former information minister Fawad Chaudhry. — APP

  • Fawad says SC should form independent commission to probe threat letter.
  • Shahbaz says Opposition was discussing no-trust move days before Imran's "concocted threat letter controversy".
  • Says govt will form committee to probe letter; invite DG ISI, diplomat who wrote letter, other stakeholders. 


ISLAMABAD: After being elected as the 23rd prime minister of Pakistan following Imran Khan's unceremonious ouster through the no-trust motion, Shahbaz Sharif vowed that his government will probe the letter-gate scandal and reveal the facts before the public. 

Reacting to the news, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter and rejected the newly-elected premier's offer.

"We reject Shahbaz Sharif's offer to probe the letter-gate scandal as it is a vicious attempt to give himself an NRO," he said. "The Supreme Court should form an independent commission to investigate the letter-gate scandal, headed by a person with a clean record."

During his first speech as the premier at the National Assembly on Monday, PM Shahbaz had vowed that his government will launch an investigation into the threat letter controversy. 

He added that the Opposition was discussing the no-confidence motion days before Imran Khan's "concocted threat letter controversy".

"They say that this letter came to them on March 7, but our decisions were made way before that, so, if [what the previous government claimed] is a lie, then the matter should be disclosed transparently before the public," he said.

Therefore, PM Shehbaz Sharif announced that the parliament's security committee would be given a briefing on the "threat letter" to the members of the committee in presence of the armed forces personnel and bureaucrats — the director-general Inter-Services Intelligence, foreign secretary, and the ambassador who wrote it, who has now been transferred to Brussels.

"If there's an iota of evidence that we were backed by foreign conspirators [...] then with you Mr speaker and God as my witness, I will not think for another second and resign from the office of the prime minister," PM Shehbaz Sharif said, vowing to hold an in-camera session of the security committee at the earliest.

Shehbaz secured 174 votes as opposed to PTI's candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who received no votes after his party decided to boycott the polling process.

The poll took place under the chairmanship of MNA Ayaz Sadiq, two days after the lower house of Parliament voted in favour of removing Imran Khan from office, following a nearly 14-hour standoff between the Opposition and Khan's ruling party that started on Saturday morning.