The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday showed grave concerns over the media reports of seat adjustment between the PML-N and the banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP).
The PTI spokesman said the reports suggested how opportunist politicians were legitimising the killing of thousands of innocent people for “petty political gains”, adding that the Sharifs were hell-bent on crossing all limits to grab power.
A media report claimed that the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), previously the SSP, confirmed that following extensive discussions, the two parties had agreed on seat adjustments in the upcoming elections on at least 15 seats of the National Assembly from the southern Punjab.
A statement issued by the PTI Media Centre read that the reports had exposed the nexus between the PML-N and the banned outfit for which media, academia, scholars and civil society had long been raising fingers squarely at the Punjab government.
“The people of Pakistan still remember the public statement of Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif made soon after successive terror attacks in Lahore, requesting Taliban not to target his government as the PML-N and Taliban had the same ideology,” said the PTI spokesman, adding that the CM’s statement had jeopardised lives of the people across Pakistan.
He said that the people of Punjab also remembered how Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had taken the leaders of the SSP on his official vehicles and also attended rallies taken out by the SSP, adding that it was also an open secret how the media reports had claimed that the family of another SSP leader had been given state stipend who had been ordered by a court to be hanged 98 times.
The spokesman also referred to the recent report of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) submitted in the Supreme Court, stating that the explosives used in Kairani Road and Alamdar Road bombings had been transported from Punjab and the same were not blocked by the Punjab government.