Report Zulfiqar Ahmad
ISLAMABAD, April 9: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate for PK-90 Chitral-II Sardar Hussian on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Pervez Khattak of getting bribe for extending support to Ghulam Muhammad of the APML in the re-polling in seven polling stations of upper Chitral.
“The arrival of Azam Khan Swati in Chitral to muster support for the APML candidate Ghulam Muhammad has proved that Imran Khan is either a political novice or corrupt to the core,” Sardar Hussain said while talking to ChitralToday on phone on Wednesday night. He said Imran’s rhetoric of change had been exposed after he sent Azam Swati to Chitral to garner support for the candidate of Musharraf’s party. He said that how Swati, who was once the richest senator of Pakistan, can win votes in the far-off villages of upper Chitral like Zizdi and Barum for the APML except using his ill-gotten money? Sardar Hussain said that there would be a battle between the people of the seven polling stations and the contractors mafia on April 13 and the people would be the winner.
He added that the PTI chairman was either a western stooge or a hardliner Islamist. “He has been a staunch supporter of Taliban and now he projects himself as a liberal before the West by extending support to Musharraf,” he added.
The PPP candidate said he was unable to understand the logic behind Imran’s wholehearted support to Musharraf’s party in Chitral. The sole purpose of extending support to the APML candidate, he added, is to protect the corrupt and the corrupt mafias.
He claimed that Azam Swati was a defaulter of US banks, and the sole purpose of his being in politics was to protect his ill-gotten wealth. He also criticized Swati for his alleged statement that he would buy the seven polling stations by throwing money.
Mr Hussain further stated that Swati had reached the mountains of Chitral seeking support for APML candidate, but the PPP, JUI-F, ANP and JI electoral alliance was confident to give a humiliating defeat to the corrupt contractor mafia, of which Ghulam Muhammad was the leader.
He said that PTI’s adventurism to extend support to a political party which has only one National Assembly seat will be the last nail in the coffin of the PTI in Chitral. He also said that he had submitted over 25 applications to the anti-corruption department for holding a thorough probe into the alleged embezzlement of public funds by Ghulam Muhammad in different uplift project during his previous tenure.
Mr Hussain also accused the APML MNA from Chitral and his brother of timber smuggling, alleging they had smuggled timber out of Chitral with the help of a PTI provincial minister due to which the price of timber had jumped from Rs16 to Rs800 per cubic foot within a short span of one year.