Khursheed Shah asks Nawaz Sharif not make mistake after mistake and turn friends into foes

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should not make mistake after mistake as while doing so, the prime minister only makes his friends his enemies.

Talking to newsmen at his chamber in the Parliament House, the opposition leader said the role of the apex committee was not to govern but to monitor and if efforts were made to run the affairs of the provinces through apex committees, it would be dangerous. “The government should avoid spoiling the current system and not to create such a situation that would be dangerous for the country,” he advised the government.

He further said that the PTI should come to parliament. He added that they were ready to provide assistance on the draft of the proposed Judicial Commission (JC).

The opposition leader said the government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had accepted mediation through the Pakistan People’s Party to sort out their differences on the formation of the proposed Judicial Commission for probing the Commission for probing the rigging allegations in 2013 general elections.

Shah said, “The PPP representatives will sit with the government and the PTI to sort out their differences regarding the legal wording on formation of the Judicial Commission.”The opposition leader said he had held meeting with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar the other day in which he discussed with him formation of the Judicial Commission. “We wanted that the issue could be resolved soon, the PTI should return to the parliament and if the conflicting issue of the formation of the Judicial Commission was not resolved, it will have a negative impact not only on the country but also on democracy,” he added.

To a question, Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah said that the government was making mistakes after mistakes and the government itself was creating issues as it did with the appointment of its minister as the governor of Gilgit-Baltistan.

He said there were allegations of rigging on the PML-N and if it took this kind of step before elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, it would prove the allegations of rigging.

He said even PML-N government had appointed acting chief minister and acting chief election commissioner from their party while removing the governor and appointed their minister as the governor of Gilgit-Baltistan that created doubts regarding transparency of the upcoming elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. “I had written a letter to the prime minister on the pre-poll rigging in Gilgit-Baltistan but did not get a reply as yet,” he added.

He said the PPP in its tenure had appointed Qamar Zaman Kaira as the governor of Gilgit-Baltistan and once the democratic setup was elected and then he was replaced once the democratic elected and it was a one time appointment. “The government should not make new precedents of appointing the minister for Kashmir affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan as governor of the same,” he advised the government.

The opposition leader said the PPP had given the booster dose to the PML-N government with a purpose to save the parliament. “We did not protect any individual or the government but the Parliament,” he said.

He said during the political crisis when the government was under threat last year, one of the PML-N ministers had told him, “Though you have sided with us to save our government, yet you should not keep good expectations from us.”

The opposition leader criticised the government for changing the route of Pak-China Economic Corridor saying that the government had changed the route due to which the distance increased to 630kms and now the people had started naming it another “Kalabagh Dam”.

“We are neither against this project nor the provinces were for turning the route. But, the government was itself making it controversial by changing the route,” he added.He said Capt (R) Muhammad Safdar had made a telephonic call to him and offer that he was ready to brief him on the project but he had asked him to brief the parliament on this issue instead of briefing him.

To another question, the opposition leader said that he was still waiting for responses from the prime minister on the letters he wrote to him. “The politics is a game in which there is no last friend or permanent enemy,” he added.

To another question on Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, the opposition leader said the government had stated that the project be initiated once the sanctions be removed. “The government should share Rs120 billion levy that was being collected from the people of Pakistan with the provinces,” he added.

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