Case against Shaukat Basra: Sharifs accused of victimising opposition

Kaira flays politically motivated case against PPP leader
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Monday condemned registration of a baseless case against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Shaukat Basra.The Information Minister, in a statement, said that politically motivated cases and victimization were not new for the PPP workers, who could not be deterred by the Punjab government through such tactics.He said that by the registration of a politically motivated case against Basra, the PML-N wanted to reintroduce the culture of “political prisoners” in the country.Kaira said that the PPP government had introduced the culture of reconciliation and tolerance in the politics but the Punjab government was trying to reintroduce the trend of political opponents’ persecution.The minister said that the PML-N could not stop the PPP workers from raising voice for the people’s rights.

LAHORE, Sept 3: The opposition in the Punjab Assembly has alleged the Sharifs have decided to tighten the noose around their political opponents and directions have been given to the provincial administration and the police for registering “false” cases against PPP and PML-Q leaders.
At a joint press conference at the Assembly Secretariat here on Monday, opposition leader Raja Riaz and Shaukat Basra said a ‘victimisation campaign’ had been started by first targeting deputy opposition leader (Mr Basra) in the provincial house.
A land grab case has recently been got registered by Haroonabad TMA against Mr Shaukat Basra and his brother.
PML-Q leader Chaudhry Zaheer has also condemned the alleged victimisation of Mr Basra, saying as elections were nearing the provincial rulers, feeling “frustrated because of not finding suitable candidates”, had resorted to such tactics.
Raja Riaz said Haroonabad (Bahawalnagar district) police registered a ‘fake’ case against the PPP MPA as no prior notice (by Haroonabad TMA) had been served on Basra.
He said on the one hand the Sharifs were attempting to suppress the opposition through police while on the other efforts were being made to pressurise the media.
Mr Riaz said if the PML-N did not stop propaganda against ‘impartial’ journalists, the PPP too could unveil a list of columnists who were ‘courtiers’ of the Sharifs.

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