Peshawar BRT, PTI govt rewarded its senator: Naseem

PESHAWAR: Former national assembly member and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Javed Naseem has called for a probe of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project being built in the provincial capital, noting that it would not be out of place amongst talk of probing the construction of the Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad motorways and whether cement for those projects was provided by Ittihad Foundries.

Naseem alleged that BRT was being built using steel rebars being provided by FF Steel, owned by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senator. He lamented that no one is investigating this link.

Speaking to Daily Express, he said that if one city’s project can be being linked with political personalities, then why was the Peshawar project spared the same treatment.

“Here a political figure, who is a Senator elected on a PTI ticket is being awarded. But the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is silent over this issue when it should be investigating it immediately,” Naseem alleged.

He went on to ask how a person, who had retired from government service, go on to become a billionaire overnight.

He claimed that PTI Senator Numan Wazir had not only financed the party’s campaign in 2013 elections, but he also funded the party’s candidates in the Senate elections as well.

Moreover, Naseem claimed that Wazir had donated millions to Imran’s flagship project, the Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

He urged investigating agencies to look into this so that the facts can be made public and dismiss the perception of one party enjoying backing of all.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2018.

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