PM close aides involved in corruption: report

Mirza has reportedly lobbied for securing office for an advertising agency in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat that raises question on the transparency drive of the government


Shamshad Mangat
After changing three federal ministers, intelligence agencies have sent a report to Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding corruption and abuse of power by two Special Assistants to PM including Yousaf Baig Mirza.
Earlier, on a report, the PM had removed three federal ministers as well as sacked three top officials who were working with the Punjab Chief Minister; one of them belonged to the Buzdar family.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has irrefutable evidence against Special Assistant to PM on media, Yousaf Baig Mirza for a corruption of Rs 220 million, which is already under investigation.
Reliable sources have revealed that the PM through the intelligence report was informed that there were solid proofs of corruption against Mirza in cases other than huge embezzlement in PTV Sports Channel and presence of such crooked person in the PM Secretariat is against the vision of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
Moreover, Mirza is also reportedly behind securing office for the owner of an advertising agency in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat through lobbying that raises question on the transparency drive of the government. Interestingly there is no formal notification for Mirza’s appointment as Special Assistant to PM yet he was able to wield influence in the power corridors.
The sources told this scribe that the person in question also got the rights of an advertising campaign of the government without completing the process of bidding. Former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary also doled out undue benefits to him and his advertising agency and now the Opposition has a plan to bring the matter to the floor of the parliament, which can cause embarrassment to the government.
The undeclared special assistant to the PM also give an impression in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat that he also owns a private TV channel which is being employed to negate the opposition’s propaganda against the government.
The Prime Minister is very much committed to clearing his party of the black sheep among its ranks. In this connection, the NAB has also kicked off inquiries of assets – both in country and abroad – of those ministers who were shown the door recently.