PESHAWAR: Salma Ayaz, a sister of former provincial minister and Senator Sitara Ayaz, has denied corruption allegations being levelled against her sister and announced to protest against the provincial government as it is politically victimising the senator.
Speaking a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Monday, she claimed that her sister, Sitara Ayaz, who was a minister of social welfare and women development during former ANP-led provincial government, didn’t commit any kind of corruption during her entire tenure, adding that the allegations were completely baseless and political based.
She alleged that Tahira Naveed, an officer of social welfare department and some other political figures were involved in implicating the former minister in corruption charges.
The social welfare female officer, she claimed, who had been transferred by her sister Sitara during her ministry, which the officer took personal and started threatening her through other sources.
The former minister then gave the cell number of the person, from which she was receiving threats, to secret agencies to identify the person, she said, adding that the agencies then arrested the person and investigated that who was behind the threats.
The apprehended man, she asserted, had informed the agencies that he was hurling threats on behest of Tahira Naveed and thus the officer was put behind bars for one day. “After her release, she threatened the minister that she would get her arrested one day,” she further said.
Ms Ayaz blamed that one of Tahira’s close relative, Saifullah, who is retired Colonel, is posted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission (KPEC) and through him, she (Tahira) wanted to take her revenge by levelling corruption allegations on her sister sans proof.
“Is it justice of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf despite its tall claims for justice,” she questioned.
Responding to different queries, she said that the KPEC first accused Sitara of embezzling millions of rupees and now it was blaming her for embezzlement of Rs 1.10 billion, which was tantamount to victimize her at every cost without any proof. “I would myself suggest sentence to my sister, if the KPEC gave proof, but in fact there are no charges against Sitara but just a revenge,” she claimed. She lamented that the PTI-led provincial government not only was making character assassination of political figures by implicating them in corruptions but also violating traditional values of Pakhtun to avoid arresting women.
Source: Business Recorder