Former home minister and presidential hopeful, Umar Naseer, has denied corruption allegations leveled against him by the government in relation to the 50th Independence Day celebrations.
The statement came on Monday, just moments after current home minister Azleen Ahmed announced that government is probing corruption involving the Independence Day activities.
The activities were carried out under the supervision of a five-member committee consisting of cabinet members and headed by the then home minister, Umar Naseer.
Answering a question posed regarding the allegations, Naseer told VNews that he had sent a written request to the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Auditor General’s Office to monitor the activities, due to the possibility of something going wrong, given the little time they had to accommodate so many activities and tasks. He added that employees of the two institutions had set up stations and monitored the activities as per the request.
“(They) could not find anything wrong at that time. So they should not find anything wrong now,” he said.
Naseer said the committee’s advice was sought before carrying out every single task, adding that written permission was obtained from then finance minister Abdulla Jihad. He, therefore, said if corruption allegations are to be leveled against anyone it should be Abdulla Jihad, who is the current vice president.
“The country’s citizens will know that I will not be dishonest,” Naseer said.