Govt to complete its constitutional tenure: Kaira
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Monday reiterated that the general elections will be held on time and the government will complete its term. Talking to media persons at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after launch of cleanness drive in the hospital he said, the elements who had been contesting elections using others' support are now propagating for delay of elections after losing that support. The minister said during his address at 'Eid Milan Party' in Malikwal, President Asif Ali Zardari had clearly said that the government would complete its constitutional term and general elections would be held on time.
Kaira said the law and order situation in the country was much better as compared to that of 2008, so how the elections can be delayed on this pretext. To a question, he said, opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan always pursued his own policy regardless of party's stance. He recalled that PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif had agreed to accept investigation into Asghar Khan cases through FIA while Chaudhry Nisar remained struck to his stance of opposing it.
Kaira said holding of D-8 Summit in Islamabad has helped enrich image of the country. He said heads of the Islamic countries have attended the conference and various agreements have also signed that would prove beneficial for the participant countries.
Regarding Chaudhry Nisar's objections on holding D-8 conference during Muharram, Kaira said, month of Muharram is sacred for all Muslims but it does not require to suspend routine works.
About presence of Bilwal Bhutto Zardari in D-8 conference, he said Bilwal had just attended the conference while President Asif Ali Zardari and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar represented Pakistan in the moot. To a question he said NICH hospital has been established in the capital while dispensary in Bhara Kahu has been converted to hospital to facilitate the people.
To a question about the security measures taken during Ashura Muharram, Qamar Zaman Kaira said ban on pillion riding and suspension of mobile phone service helped maintain overall peace and security in the country.
He said Rehman Malik's decision to ban pillion riding and suspension of cellular service has been taken after consultation with the Prime Minister. "No minister can take any decision on its choice", he said, adding no doubt people face difficulties due to this decision it has been taken in the benefit of the people. He said the statement of Minister for Religions Affair Syed Khursheed Shah saying that Rehman Malik was taking decision on its own was published out of context.