ISLAMABAD: PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal Monday said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was just born into politics.
Speaking to the media after appearing at the accountability court, Ahsan said Bilawal should not issue statements that could politically harm his party, reported the National Police. “He will learn with time,” he added.
Criticizing the ruling PTI, Ahsan said the prime minister said he could not carry out his vision amidst non-judicial cooperation. “What cooperation does he want? I demanded the court to broadcast our case live so the state would know. Imran Khan has nothing in his bag except random stories. Pakistan’s sovereignty is in grave danger because of the government’s policies and decisions, ”he stressed. Today, international reports clearly warn that Pakistan is close to an economic catastrophe, he added.
“We have identified the results long before this international report. Our sovereignty is at stake. Who is responsible for that? Ahsan asked. He accused Imran Khan of assaulting the court during the telethon on Sunday.
He said Imran Khan’s hunch was that he couldn’t fulfill his mission because the court didn’t cooperate with him. “Imran wants the court to send opposition leaders to prison even though so far no reference to corruption has been submitted to court with concrete evidence,” he said. He appealed to the media to broadcast live trials of corruption cases so that the truth could be free from falsehoods. Ahsan regrets that the country has sunk deep into the mud of loans.
“Imran borrowed more loans in the last two years than we borrowed during our term, he said, adding that Imran borrowed loans to bridge the deficit. “Since then our financial autonomy has been at stake. This is a trap the enemy has set for us. And now as a substitute for this loan, we are risking the autonomy of our institution, “he continued. Ahsan asked what projects the PTI government had initiated during his tenure. “These projects were launched while PML-N was still active and are being completed now. In fact, the incumbent government has failed to complete most of the projects initiated in our era, ”he claimed. Ahsan asks who is responsible for Imran Khan’s incompetence.
“Three years have passed and the ‘elected’ prime minister has failed to find a finance minister,” he lamented. He taunts Prime Minister Imran Khan for claiming that he has a dream team to run the country. “This is a dream team that you have assembled around you. These are all turncoats, “he added. The PML-N leader appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to heed the accusation leveled against him that he had received a bribe of Rs70 billion on the Sukkur-Multan Highway.
“If I have taken bribes, take action against me, otherwise stop my character assassination,” he said emphatically. Ahsan is of the view that Imran Khan cannot hide his incompetence by making baseless accusations against his political opponents. He regretted that the PTI government had cut the budget allocated for the Higher Education Commission. “This government is destroying the country by destroying every institution,” he said.
He wonders when those who have brought PTI to power will say ‘Enough is enough.’ He said if all opposition parties gathered on one platform, the government could not even last 10 days. “The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) is alive and continuing its mission,” he said, adding that the alliance’s aim was to run the country under the Constitution.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Monday presented cause notices in the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) for alleged consensus decision violations. Notices have been issued to the top leaders of the two opposition parties with the approval of PDM chairman Fazlur Rehman. Responding to questions at the informal media talks, PDM Secretary General Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who signed the notification of the cause of the event, confirmed that the notification was issued to the leaders of both parties. “You have to take responsibility if you break trust,” he said.
The notification has been sent to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asfandyar Wali Khan. Within a week, the PPP was asked to explain its actions to appoint Yusuf Raza Gilani as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate by opposing the consensus decision of the Movement’s component parties with the support of three senators from the treasury chair. The ANP leadership has been asked to explain why they supported the PPP in its quest to win over Gilani by gaining support from the senator of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP). The notification stated that the two parties’ move had hurt the opposition alliance and its causes.
The leaders of the two opposition parties were given seven days to respond. The PDM decided last month that a PPP candidate would fight for the chair of the Senate, while the vice-chair slot would go to JUI-F and PML-N would get the position of opposition leader. However, the PPP leadership after losing the Senate chairman election did not follow the PDM decision and nominated Yusuf Raza Gilani as the leader of the opposition causing a rift in the PDM. Abbasi said the notification was Whatsap, while a copy of the original would be handed over to the leaders of both parties during the Senate session. “PMD has given seven days to PPP and ANP for the reply. The answers will be presented at the PDM Summit which will decide what to do next, “he added.
Abbasi said it was written in the notification that it would not be published but if both parties wanted to make it public they could do so. Abbasi said the government’s capacity to turn back is increasing, as seen recently in the case of the South Punjab Secretariat. He said the Punjab Assembly had passed resolutions for Bahawalpur and South Punjab Provinces, while the government’s performance was known to everyone. On another question, the former prime minister said the PDM will decide whether to keep the two parties in the alliance or expel them. “My job is to issue an official note according to the orders of the PDM President,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking with Geo News, Abbasi said Hamza Shahbaz could get himself elected as chief minister of Punjab if the party seeks votes from the treasury bench. His remarks referred to the PPP’s move to seek support from the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) for the position of leader of the opposition Senate. Abbasi said if the PPP – which has five MPAs in the Punjab Assembly – wanted to replace top ministers, then that would only be possible if members of the government supported them. He criticized the PPP for being “a friendly opposition” and said that people do not want this kind of unity in the Senate. “On the contrary, people want a real conflict.”
Meanwhile, expressing its surprise, the PPP on Sunday questioned the authority of DPM to send notifications to independent political parties and called the move a “childish attitude”. “Show the cause never works in a political alliance and there is never an explanation from allied parties in alliance politics. Under what authority has the show cause been issued? “Said former PM Raja Pervez Ashraf when he was contacted for a party point of view.
Pervez questioned why the long march was canceled and was linked to a last-minute resignation. “They already know that PPP does not support the politics of resignation, but that the issue of resignation is related to the long march. It is necessary to know who advised PML-N to link the resignation to a long march, ”he said.
He said the PML-N should also advise on whom they have made a deal with PTI for seat adjustments in the Senate elections in Punjab. “We realized that something was going on. We also have a lot of questions for PML-N, ”he said.
He said even though there was an agreement with PML-N in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, they did not vote on Farhatullah Babar. Pervez said that despite being the Vice President of PDM, he was not invited to the meeting which was recently chaired by the Secretary General.
“The meeting was illegal and the decision had no legal status,” he said. Meanwhile, PPPP Secretary General Farhatullah Babar said that so far the party had not received the notification and once received it, his party could respond. However, he questioned the authority of the alliance or its management to send notifications to one of the PDM components.
Responding to the event, PPPP Secretary Information Shazia Atta Marri MNA said Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Ahsan Iqbal harmed PDM for being prime ministers. “When will the show be issued to elect 11 senators from Punjab in collaboration with PML-N and PTI? When will the show grounds be issued for a long march retirement? “he asked.
Shazia said the PML-N had helped the establishment and the government by canceling the long march. “When will action be taken to counter PML-N collusion with government and government?” she asked. He said the PML-N was only worried about power and not solving problems facing the people. “Whatever the success achieved by PDM is the result of the vision of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari,” he said.