Govt to com­plete its con­sti­tu­tional ten­ure: Kaira

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IS­LAM­ABAD

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.

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