- Abbasi says PML-N govt won’t accept judiciary’s ridiculing of people’s representatives by calling them ‘mafia and dacoits’
- Criticises ‘targeting’ of deposed PM Nawaz Sharif, says Lodhran by-poll victory shows people have rejected Panama Papers verdict
- Reiterates that govt will not allow ‘horse-trading’ during Senate polls
HAFIZABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday urged the state institutions to stay within their constitutional limits, saying all state institutions must respect each other.
Addressing a representative gathering in Hafizabad while launching of the National Health Insurance Card scheme, Prime Minister Abbasi took a swipe at the judiciary, saying it was unfortunate that people’s representatives are being called “mafia and dacoits”. “This is not acceptable,” he added.
While referring to the words used in the verdict of Panama Papers case by the top judiciary against deposed premier Nawaz Sharif, the PM said, “It is unacceptable that judiciary uses such titles for the representatives of 200 million people of Pakistan.”
“Nawaz Sharif is being repeatedly targeted despite no proof. Political decisions are taken by people through the ballot and the people of Lodhran have given the decision in favour of Nawaz Sharif and people would do the same in elections 2018,” he said, and added, “We have accepted every decision of judiciary but history will tell if these decisions were right.”
“Only lawmakers are held accountable,” said the premier, while criticising other state institutions for not ensuring transparency. The PM said that personal likes and dislikes must be set aside and priority should be given to the development of the country.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi asked the people to vote for the party and the candidate that have resolved their problems. He said the people’s representative can serve either their own interests or the people as they cannot do both the tasks.
Lauding the performance of government led by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he said the verdict would be given by the people in July 2018 elections in favour of his party.
Speaking about Senate elections, he said the PML-N would not allow horse trading. He warned that if there was any attempt to purchase votes, the government would confront such attempts during the elections and after that.
Referring to the demands made by Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal, the prime minister announced that university would be set up in Hafizabad in addition to the construction of two new roads and provision of new gas connections.
PM, Nawaz Sharif discuss political situation:
Meanwhile, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday met Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence.
During the meeting, the leaders exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and political matters, forthcoming Senate elections while agreeing on intensifying the public campaign for the general elections.
PM Abbasi told Nawaz that several projects including those related to energy are speedily in completion phase. He said that the government is trying hard to transfer the benefits of the development projects to the public. CPEC will prove to be a game changer in the region, added the PM.
Nawaz Sharif asked the PM to complete the ongoing projects in different parts of the country so that the PML-N could go to the people with head high by implementing the election manifesto.