–PPP to defend 18th Amendment at all costs
–Opposition will protest against price hike in NA
SUKKUR: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Syed Khursheed Shah on Sunday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in its election manifesto, had made claims to provide five million houses and 10 million jobs to the poor people, but it proved to be a lie.
Talking to the media in Sukkur, the PPP leader said that the PTI government had broken all records of taking foreign loans in a month. “PTI government is giving politicians a bad name by using derogatory language and hurling baseless allegations at opponents. PM had promised to answer the nation in parliament every Wednesday, but it could not happen in five months, he said.”
He demanded of the PM to explain his sister Aleema Khan’s foreign properties.
He said that if all politicians are involved in corruption, then it is the internal issue of the country. He said that Imran Khan used to say that if he got loans from abroad, he would commit suicide. The elected prime minister of the country is saying that there is corruption in the country so he himself is defaming the country whereas this issue could be resolved while sitting in the assembly, he added.
Shah further said that the people were undergoing the worst times of any government in terms of unemployment and inflation. Shah said that his party and opposition would definitely support the government if it initiated any public welfare plan to bring real change to the fate of the poor, however, he said that PTI government deceived the nation on all issues, including employment, new houses for poor people and resolving of the south Punjab issue.
The PPP leader said that his party transferred powers to the grassroots level during its tenure from 2008 to 2013. It was the first time that the presidential powers were transferred to the parliament, he added.
He also said that PPP will defend the 18th Amendment at all costs because “we have always protected the constitution of the country”. He further said that Imran Khan was the person who supported dictator Musharraf by voting in his favour.
Earlier, while speaking to a private TV channel, he said that the government lacks capability, policy and attitude but he is not in favour of mid-term elections.
Shah said that the new government should be allowed to work and there is no need for any in-house change. However, he added that the opposition will protest in the National Assembly (NA) against the recent price hike and that they will see if there is a need for military courts in the country.
“Nawaz Sharif’s downfall was caused by forgetting the way to the parliament and choosing an alternative way,” the PPP leader said. “It is true what Imran Khan says about the parliament being fake because we all know how he got seats in the House.”
Shah added that by not removing Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s names from the Exit Control List (ECL), the government has challenged the Supreme Court (SC).
Responding to a question about a possible Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PPP alliance, the former leader of the opposition in NA clarified that Asif Ali Zardari visited Nawaz Sharif only to offer his condolences at the demise of the PML-N supremo’s wife.