Government moving towards recognition of Israel, says PTI chief
PESHAWAR: The incumbent government was moving towards recognition of Israel, alleged Farrukh Habib, spokesman for PTI Chairman Imran Khan, here on Sunday.
He said that first Imran Khan’s government was overthrown by an American plot, then a Pakistani delegation held a meeting with Israeli government officials.
“The Israeli president confirmed the meeting at the World Economic Forum event,” he told a news conference. He was flanked by the special assistant to the chief minister, lawyer Mohammad Ali Saif, and the former director general of the National Accountability Office, retired brigadier Musaddiq Abbasi.
Mr. Habib said the government should clarify what was going on in backdoor diplomacy with Israel. “We are not in favor of recognizing Israel because it has committed atrocities against unarmed and innocent Palestinians,” he added.
Farrukh Habib seeks clarification on backdoor diplomacy with Israel
Dawn.com reported that Israeli President Isaac Herzog said he recently received a delegation of Pakistani-Americans, calling it an “incredible experience” and referring to it as an example that showed him a “great change” vis-à-vis Israel. links with the Muslim world.
Herzog made the remarks during a special address at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting on May 26 in Davos, Switzerland, while speaking about the Abraham Accords – a US-brokered agreement in 2020 that has given the normalization of relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.
Mr Habib said the incumbent government had destroyed the country’s economy as rising prices were making people’s lives miserable. He said the government had “strangled” the Federal Investigation Agency by replacing honest officers who investigated corruption cases against senior leaders in the current government.
“Amazingly, those involved in corruption are introducing reforms in anti-corruption laws,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Musaddiq Abbasi said that the current government had abolished the independent status of the NAB by drastically changing the law.
Mr Abbasi, who also worked as a special assistant to former Prime Minister Imran Khan on accountability, said the NAB’s statutory status had been downgraded to the level of the FIA and the anti-corruption establishment.
He said after major amendments to the law, NAB officials could not get their hands on politicians and bureaucrats implicated in irregularities. He said that previously the NAB was empowered to intervene in six types of corruption-related cases which the incumbent government has reduced to just two.
“Recent amendments to the National Accountability Order 1999 will affect all ongoing cases being investigated by the NAB,” Abbasi said.
He said he expected 80 percent of NAB’s business to be transferred to other departments because after the changes, those cases were no longer within his purview. He alleged that all those sections of the law were abolished by the government under which corruption cases were filed against politicians serving in the government.
“Section 14 of the law, under which Nawaz Sharif was convicted in the Avenfield flat case, is no longer part of the law and the entire section has been abolished,” he said. said Mr. Abbasi.
He said Article 21-G of the law, which dealt with evidence provided by international agencies and foreign countries, had also been removed. “Now, such evidence will no longer be used in corruption cases,” he added.
Previously, the NAB had the power to open an investigation into any corruption committed after 1985, but now the government has reduced it to just five years, he said.
Posted in Dawn, May 30, 2022