Arrest of Ishtiaq Ameer Muqam blatant political victimisation: Maryam

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Staff Report

LAHORE

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday has said that arrest of Ameer Muqam’s son by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), at the behest of his political rivals, is blatant political victimization.

The PML-N leader took to Twitter and criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, asking it about the corruption worth billions in Peshawar Metro Bus project.

Your day of judgment is also near, she added.

Maryam Nawaz said that nothing has been proven against PML-N leadership but, there are bulks of evidence against you, she continued.

Meanwhile, PML-N leader and former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi severely criticised the PTI government over the arrest of PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) President Amir Muqam’s son.

Speaking at a press conference alongside other PML-N leaders, including Ahsan Iqbal, he said the Federal Agency Investigation (FIA) arrested Muqam’s son after registering a case against him on Monday, adding it also tried to implicate the PML-N provincial president.

If this is not political victimisation, then what is it,” he questioned, adding the government is passing the buck for its failure to deliver on its promises and politically victimising opposition politicians.

Questioning the timing of the registration of the case, Abbasi asked why the National Highway Authority (NHA) had not lodged a complaint over the past four years if there was any financial wrongdoing in the project.

He maintained that an error in construction work doesn’t comprise corruption.

Earlier, an Anti-Corruption Court granted Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) three-day physical remand of Ishtiaq Ameer Muqam and four other accused over charges of corruption in a road construction contract.

Ishtiaq and other accused were sent on remand when they were produced before the court by FIA officials.

The accused persons have denied the charges in the court.

FIA officials told ACC that the accused persons have failed to complete a project in 10 years which was estimated to be constructed within the period of one year. The officials said that national treasury received approximately Rs2 billion loss due to delay in road construction.