KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday summoned Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal for allegedly selling plots of land illegally during his tenure as the city mayor. However, the move elicited a furious reaction from the tough-talking politician.
Talking to reporters after meeting NAB officials, he said the action was part of a campaign to malign him and his party, which was gaining popularity at a rapid pace.
“We are striving to put an end to decades-old political system in the city which has failed to serve the masses since last 30 years,” he said.
The former mayor lamented that he was being treated like other persons who were genuinely involved in graft cases despite the fact he had served the city “restlessly” for four years to get it recognised as one of the fastest developing cities in the world.
“The summons is not served all of a sudden. There are clearly some forces behind it,” he said outside the bureau’s office.
“Someone is pulling the strings behind the scenes. He has planned all this to silence me and drive me out of politics. The perpetrator wants to keep my party away from the masses. This mindset needs to be changed. It will not last long,” Mr Kamal added.
He said he had worked tirelessly as the mayor for development of Karachi and launched several projects worth Rs300 billion but not a single case of corruption emerged against him during his tenure.
“And now they [NAB] are sending me this letter. Why? Definitely, there are some forces behind all this. Someone doesn’t like my ideology and my thoughts and they don’t want people to listen to me,” the former mayor said.
“This NAB inquiry was initiated after I returned to the country last year. But let me tell you and all those forces who are behind this, NAB summons signifies that my campaign and party are gaining popularity among the masses,” he concluded.