LAHORE: Adviser to Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Barrister Mirza Shahzad Akbar on Wednesday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz rigged the NA-120 by-elections in 2017 by distribution of Rs 2.5 billion under umbrella of development schemes, violating Election Commission of Pakistan’s rules’ and regulations for by polls.
Addressing a press conference along with Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid at Press Information Department (PID) Office here, he said that Maryam Nawaz Sharif had managed funds of rupees 2.5 billion from then PML-N federal government and initiated various development schemes by Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) in a bid to rig the NA-120 by elections, adding that Maryam Nawaz had violated the ECP’s rules and regulations, pertaining to ban on development schemes besides allocation of funds for any purpose in the constituency during polls.
Shehzad Akbar said that Maryam Nawaz along with Fawad Hassan Fawad had used the TEPA to disburse the funds for influencing the polls, adding that cash payments were made to the third party for completing development schemes and later the ground working including tendering and other formalities were completed.
The funds of Sustainable Development Goals were used in rigging of NA-120 by elections, which were released by the PML-N federal government in August, September and October 2017, he added.
The Adviser said that these facts and finding were surfaced during an inquiry by Anti Corruption