Minister for Inside Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Monday emphasised that the Pakistan Military was “not concerned” within the nation’s politics up to now nor wouldn’t it be sooner or later.
Talking to the media in Islamabad, he questioned why the leaders of the opposition’s Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) didn’t take the title of Gen Ziaul Haq after they talked in regards to the alleged function of the military in politics.
“They polished Ziaul Haq’s boots. They’re a product of Common Headquarters gate quantity 4. Pakistan Military is a superb military. It was not in politics, just isn’t and won’t be in politics. It was with democracy, is with and can be with democracy.”
He was referring to the PDM’s energy present in Larkana a day earlier during which PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari mentioned that the opposition had united on PDM’s platform to rescue the nation from the federal government’s alleged inefficiencies and can collectively make efforts to finish “the business of selected and selection“.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz additionally lambasted the “chosen authorities” of Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying: “When political events began finishing their phrases, some forces to whom ‘divide and rule’ suited began getting stressed. Then we noticed [former ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja] Pasha arrange a celebration by accumulating political trash named the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, and that social gathering was then utilized in dharnas and conspiracies in opposition to your elected authorities.”
She mentioned whereas politicians got loss of life sentences and confronted character assassinations, those that dedicated a lot severer offences akin to “breaking the nation and the Structure, dropping Siachen and the Kashmir trigger, violating one’s oath to intervene in politics, having political rivals killed, and committing corruption price billions” weren’t held accountable.
Responding to a query about the potential for a grand nationwide dialogue, Rashid mentioned the opposition had been “silent” for 2 years as a result of they thought “one thing would come out” however when it didn’t occur, “they [suddenly] remembered every little thing.”
He mentioned that the federal government would resolve on its response when the PDM introduced the date for its lengthy march. “Imran Khan can take any resolution. We have now not held a gathering on how we are going to arrange welcome camps for them.”
Replying to a query in regards to the opposition’s lengthy march, the minister mentioned: “There’s a distinction between lengthy march and lone march.”
He claimed that the opposition’s battle was “extra in opposition to the NAB (Nationwide Accountability Bureau) as an alternative of Imran Khan”, including that every one the opposition needed was an finish to the corruption circumstances in opposition to them.
On the matter of resignations by opposition lawmakers within the nationwide and provincial assemblies, he predicted that the opposition would finally “rethink” them.
“Yesterday they mentioned [Member of the National Assembly] Murtaza Javed Abbasi will give his resignation. You will notice [him say] ‘I didn’t ship this.'” Rashid mentioned computerised and typed resignations had been “unlawful” and they need to as an alternative be handwritten.
The minister mentioned it was as much as Abbasi to resolve “whether or not he needs to hearken to Maryam” or get an inquiry achieved concerning who sent a resignation in his title to the Nationwide Meeting Secretariat.
“You will notice there can be no resignations,” he confused.
PDM’s solely objective is spreading confusion: minister
Addressing a separate press convention, Data Minister Shibli Faraz mentioned the PDM’s solely objective was to unfold “confusion” within the nation and that they had been following the formulation of: “Me, my household and my wealth”.
He mentioned the opposition’s complete marketing campaign was being run to guard their private pursuits “during which generally elections are talked about with no proof”.
The minister mentioned seven troopers had been martyred in an assault in Balochistan yesterday. “There was no point out of that within the jalsa however the criticisms rained on that establishment,” he added.
“Based on us, Benazir Bhutto yesterday died due to the best way her enemies had been introduced and seated at her and her father’s mausoleum. Those that pained her all her life [and] supported taking Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to the gallows had been sitting arms in arms right now,” he mentioned.
Federal Minister for Science and Expertise Fawad Chaudhry termed Sunday’s rally a “second of disgrace for the PPP and a warning for the PML-N”.
He alleged that the household of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was amongst those who “distributed sweets” when Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged.
He mentioned the “so-called nationalists” within the PDM had been making speeches in opposition to Punjab, the military and judiciary however “they haven’t any disgrace that after they had been in energy, how a lot cash went to Balochistan and different provinces.”
The minister mentioned solely three individuals inside the PDM believed within the concept of resignations to mount stress on the federal government: Nawaz, Maryam and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman.
“No fourth particular person within the system is able to hand of their resignation whether or not it is [PML-N president] Shehbaz Sharif or [PPP co-chairperson] Asif Ali Zardari as a result of they know you need to work inside the system,” he added.
Apparently referring to Maryam and PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Chaudhry mentioned negotiations couldn’t be held with “youngsters” who he mentioned “have by no means learn a e-book of their lives”.
“We invite the intense individuals within the events to return and discuss. The discussion board has been established — which is the parliament, the agenda has been established, come and discuss on electoral reforms; we have given the format of the negotiations, if you wish to change facets you’re greater than welcome to however for this the intense management must come ahead,” he confused.
The minister mentioned Maryam and Bilawal had been “showpieces”, whereas the “actual decision-makers are sitting behind; that is why I am saying the intense individuals ought to come ahead”.
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