The prime minister, who is in the United States on a three-day visit, said yesterday while addressing a large crowd at a community event at Washington’s Capital One Arena, that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ was being created “in front of people’s eyes”. Prime Minister Imran had complained that the problem in Pakistan was that when political leaders are held accountable, “they say that this is political revenge”. “When the courts make decisions, they say ‘kyun nikala‘?”

“Today, what you see happening in Pakistan is what Naya Pakistan was about: these people had never been asked for answers before,” he had said.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad today, flanked by PML-N leaders Marriyum Aurangzeb and Dr Mussadik Malik, the former planning minister said, “Yesterday, our selected prime minister admitted that the opposition leaders were arrested on the government’s behest.”

“It has revealed once again that the so-called accountability is a vengeful agenda of the government,” he said, accusing the government of “using national institutions for political gains”.

Iqbal complained that, in the past, retired Gen Pervez Musharraf had used the National Accountability Bureau against politicians, and the same organisation was now being used to safeguard the government of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.