Pakistan not to be theocratic state: Asif Zardari

December 24, 2018

JIT exposed Zardari system in Sindh: Shahzad Akbar

ISLAMABAD: “A central thought of the Father of the Nation Mohammed Ali Jinnah in creating Pakistan was that it will be a democratic and progressive state and not a theocratic or autocratic one in which thoughts and actions of individuals are controlled by a few in the name of ideology”.This has been stated by former President Asif Ali Zardari in a message on the eve of the 142nd birth anniversary of father of nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah on Tuesday December 25.Constitutionalism, rule of law and equality of all citizens and equal opportunities to all citizens without any prejudice of religion, cast and creed are the guiding principles behind the creation of Pakistan, he said.There is a need for introspection in the direction the state has taken; whether ideology and religion are being misused to negate the pristine principles of the state and to stifle dissent and free expression.The nation will slip into the quagmire of instability and if the founding principles were disregarded, he warned.On this occasion we also reiterate our resolve to fight the enemies within who seek to destroy the state in the name of ideology or religion.The Pakistan People’s Party reiterates its resolve to defend the founding principles of Pakistan and to fight despotism, extremism and militancy to the finish.On this occasion we also pay homage to all those in the armed forces, the police, the civilian law enforcing agencies and the people who have made huge sacrifices in the fight against extremists and militants, Asif Zardari said. Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar on Monday said that the report of joint investigation team (JIT), probing money laundering case against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, has exposed ‘Zardari system’ in Sindh. Addressing a joint press conference accompanied by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry in Islamabad, Shahzad Akbar said Nawaz Sharif seems innocent before the corruption of Asif Ali Zardari and added that the report will stun the nation.He said that Summit Bank was established in Sindh to launder the black money abroad and added that Rs9billion had been transferred via fake accounts of the bank.He said that above 100 fake accounts were being maintained through 32 primary accounts of Omni group. Shahzad Akbar said that 24500 suspected transitions had been reported. Shahzad Akbar said that Asif Ali Zardadri had been the director of Park Lane till 2017.He further said that the Sindh government was also used in the money laundering and added that payments for all subsidies in Sindh were paid through the fake accounts. The advisor maintained said that Rs60.13billion paid through fake accounts.He maintained that money to purchase Faryal Talpur’s house in Defence and Zardari’s house in Nawabshah was paid through fake accounts. The adviser said that Omni group received big loans in the name of fake companies.Shahzad Akbar said that bullet proof trucks for public meetings were also purchased through the fake accounts. The adviser said that said that a United States department has taken the tale of Asif Ali Zardari’s corruption as a test case. Agencies