ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan , has said that third-party independent inquiries and crackdowns on mega corruption scams in Punjab are a must to unveil corrupt practices. He invited all federal agencies, including Rangers and National Accountability Bureau (NAB), to begin crackdowns against corruption in Punjab and “even in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)” where his own party rules.

 Addressing a press conference at his Bani Gala residence today, Imran Khan said that agencies should come to Punjab, and even KP to clean what his party has nbeen unable to. However, he said that it is more important than ever to cleanse Punjab because the biggest scams will be found there.

 He said that these mega corruption scandals had not come to the forefront before because the “Public Accounts Committee and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were controlled by them (the PPP and the PML-N).”

“But today their cooperation has ended and they are at loggerheads over Rangers’ and federal agencies’ action in Sindh,” said Imran, referring to the tiff between the PPP and the PML-N which has resulted in the PPP leadership giving strong statements against the PML-N run government.

 Imran Khan said the Nandipur corruption case would have gone unnoticed had the agreement between the PPP and the PML-N not broken down.

“It is at least a Rs.22 billion project. We demand a third-party audit, not one on the lines of the Model Town investigation,” stated the PTI chief.

Khan said it was intriguing why the project was delayed after so much work had been done, and held Punjab Chef Minister Shahbaz Sharif responsible for it.

The PTI chief went on to say that the metro bus projects by the PML-N government were also “extravagant.”

“We also demand an independent audit of the metro projects,” which he said was made at an unusually high cost.

Imran Khan said action against 5,000 policemen had been initiated in KP, which he said was unprecedented in Pakistan.

Lauding provincial police chief Nasir Durrani, he  criticized under-investigation former KP minister Ziaullah Afridi for his remarks on the KP Assembly floor a couple of days ago.

“He (Afridi) has been a solid worker for our party but what he did in the KP Assembly was very disappointing. Even the CJP had appreciated the IG.”

“I am sacking Ziaullah Afridi from PTI. This is a message for my party… if you are under investigation you have to clear yourself first and not throw dirt and blackmail others.”