Ask ‘Agriculture Department’ Who Gave NRO To Nawaz, Shehzad Akbar Tells Media
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Accountability Shahzad Akbar, while responding to a question, said the media should ask the ‘Agriculture Department’ about the supposed NRO [national reconciliation ordinance] given to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Akbar was responding to a question by a journalist, who had asked if Prime Minister Imran Khan was not responsible for giving relief then how did Nawaz manage to fly to London. The journalist also questioned the removal of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s name from Dawn Leaks.
— Nimer Ahmad (@nimerahmadkhan) August 22, 2020
Akbar said Maryam was given a clean chit because in Pakistani society, ‘women are rarely implicated in criminal cases’ out of respect, whereas the journalist could go and ask the ‘agriculture department’ regarding Nawaz Sharif.
It may be noted here that the term ‘agriculture department’ was coined during the 2018 election campaign to refer to the powerful military establishment.
After an outcry, Akbar took to Twitter to issue a clarification. He said his remarks didn’t point towards any state institution. He also issued an apology for causing offence to any ‘person or institution’.
آج پریس کانفرنس میں ُاس محکمہ زراعت کا ذکر تھا جو ن لیگ کے ہونہار انجینئر نما ڈاکٹر ،شوباز شریف اور صاحبزادی پے مبنی تھا جنہوں نے کمال مہارت سے پیوند لگاکر پوری قوم کو نواز شریف کی بیماری کا یقین دلایا،NROیہ نیب کی 34 ترامیم کی صورت میں حکومت سے مانگ رہے ہیں جو کسی صورت نہیں ملنا
— Mirza Shahzad Akbar (@ShazadAkbar) August 22, 2020
According to Akbar, he meant PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Nawaz’s doctor Dr Adnan when he used the term ‘Agriculture department’. “These people fooled the nation into believing that Nawaz was sick by altering medical reports,” he alleged.