Govt’s at­tempt ...

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stran­gu­late the op­po­si­tion”.

The meet­ing could not yield ex­pected re­sult for the party in power as Khur­sheed Shah, in a post-meet­ing com­ment made it clear that the PM (N) must ac­cept the op­po­si­tion terms of ref­er­ence aimed at im­par­tial en­quiry against the prime min­is­ter and his fam­ily mem­bers for be­ing listed in the Panama leaks is­sue.

He how­ever said that PPP did not be­lieve in street pol­i­tics, and wanted to solve the is­sue through ne­go­ti­a­tions, but the gov­ern­ment too should re­spond pos­i­tively.

Bi­lawal’s re­ac­tion to Per­vaiz Rashid’s call­ing on Khur­sheed Shah, was a mir­ror­reflec­tion of the stand taken by his fa­ther Asif Zar­dari on the Panama leaks prob­lem. Zar­dari, abroad since long, had is­sued a state­ment de­mand­ing thor­ough en­quiry into charges of money laun­der­ing, tax eva­sion etc against the prime min­is­ter and fam­ily mem­bers.

The PTI prob­a­bly has made up its mind not to have ne­go­ti­a­tions with the gov­ern­ment on TOR is­sue for the fu­ture en­quiry com­mis­sion. It in­sist that en­quiry must be­gin first from the Shar­ifs, and then a probe can start against him also. Im­ran too had owned an off-shore com­pany in Panama, but he ex­plained that he had dis­posed off long ago, and had brought the money back to Pak­istan.

How­ever al­though the PPP is get­ting restive too, it has so far not sided with street ag­i­ta­tion idea pro­pounded by PTI chief Im­ran Khan.

Mean­while, Syed Khur­sheed Shah has said that the gov­ern­ment should ac­cept the ToRs of op­po­si­tion in let­ter and spirit, adding that this will be bet­ter po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion for gov­ern­ment. Khur­sheed Shah said PPP will take fi­nal de­ci­sion if ne­go­ti­a­tions with the gov­ern­ment on the is­sue of terms of ref­er­ence (TORs) failed.

He said that the gov­ern­ment could not ig­nore ev­ery­thing while terming it as con­spir­acy. He said the gov­ern­ment should tell what it has done in three years, adding it should tell how many hos­pi­tals it has con­structed. He said that there is not a sin­gle mo­tor­way in Sindh. He said Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari makes de­ci­sions about whole party and Asif Ali Zar­dari makes de­ci­sions about the par­lia­men­tary party of PPP.

While to me­dia per­sons at his cham­ber in Par­lia­ment House Khur­sheed shah said that gov­ern­ment should re­solve the ToRs is­sue in par­lia­ment. He said the party will re­view the is­sue of dead­lock in ToRs and will take de­ci­sion. Shah said that the party takes de­ci­sions while con­sid­er­ing the sit­u­a­tion of whole coun­try.

He said it is beauty of the PPP that it wants to avoid pol­i­tics of roads, adding that if the prob­lems will not be re­solved in par­lia­ment then the party will de­cide fu­ture course of ac­tion in­clud­ing com­ing on roads, not at­tend­ing par­lia­ment and other op­tions of protest. Shah said he did not see end of dead­lock over the ToRs is­sue, adding that the gov­ern­ment should ac­cept the ToRs of op­po­si­tion in let­ter and spirit. He said that the gov­ern­ment should bring leg­is­la­tion and it should not waste time.

Shah said that Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in his first ad­dress had said that his fam­ily was ready for ac­count­abil­ity. He said prime min­is­ter should come and ac­cept the ToRs of op­po­si­tion and should present his fam­ily for ac­count­abil­ity. He said be­ing politi­cian prime min­is­ter should face the cir­cum­stances this thing will suit him. He said that the prime min­is­ter in his speech to the na­tion had pre­sented him­self for ac­count­abil­ity. “But now the gov­ern­ment is buy­ing time by declar­ing ev­ery sort of crit­i­cism as a con­spir­acy hatched against it.”

Shah said the ac­count­abil­ity of all peo­ple should be held, adding that one to two bil­lion ru­pees were spent on the ac­count­abil­ity of Asif Ali Zar­dari and Be­nazir Bhutto and they were con­victed. He said the mem­ory of Ishaq Dar is not good may be there is bur­den of bud­get on him, adding that Be­nazir Bhutto was con­victed by Is­lam­abad and Rawalpindi High Court, adding that the tape of Shah­baz Sharif’s con­ver­sa­tion with Jus­tice Ma­lik Qayyum is present. He said Shah­baz asked Ma­lik Qayyum to con­vict Asif Zar­dari and Be­nazir Bhutto, adding that the tape was caught and judges were re­moved but the per­son who talked with judges is still chief min­is­ter. He said no ac­tion was taken against him, adding that if this in­ci­dent would have been hap­pened in any de­vel­oped coun­try then he could have dis­qual­i­fied for­ever.

He said Bi­lawal Bhutto Zar­dari makes de­ci­sions about whole party and Asif Ali Zar­dari makes de­ci­sions about the par­lia­men­tary party of PPP.

Shah said if $200 present in Switzer­land are brought back then the debts of coun­try should paid im­me­di­ately. He said av­er­age load shed­ding in coun­try is 10 to 12 hours and gov­ern­ment is telling lie re­gard­ing the mat­ter.

He said that the gov­ern­ment could not ig­nore ev­ery­thing while terming it as con­spir­acy. He said the gov­ern­ment should tell what it has done in three years, adding that the gov­ern­ment should tell how many hos­pi­tals it has con­structed. He said not more then 10000 stu­dents could get ed­u­ca­tion in Dan­ish schools, adding that only 800 to 900 megawatt elec­tric­ity will be added by the gov­ern­ment till the end of its ten­ure.

He said that there is no load shed­ding in the house of Khawaja Asif. He said there are two tech­no­crat for­eign min­is­ters in coun­try and whole for­eign of­fice is dis­turbed.

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