Shehbaz also threw down the gauntlet to PTI govt over ‘rigged elections
SEP 8, 2018: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif lambasted the government on Saturday for not giving as warm a welcome to the visiting Chinese delegation as it gave to a Saudi delegation.
Highlighting ‘missteps’ by the ruling party during its first 20 days, in his opinion, the former Punjab Chief Minister said the PTI-led government should also have given a warm welcome to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his delegation.
Shehbaz, who is also the opposition leader in National Assembly was addressing a press conference in Lahore alongside former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Ahsan Iqbal and Marriyum Aurangzeb and other party leaders.
“If the Saudi delegation which was led by the kingdom’s Information Minister Dr Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad could be received by his counterpart, Fawad Chaudhry, then Chinese delegation, led by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, should also have been received by his counterpart [Shah Mehmood Qureshi].”
The former twice-elected Punjab Chief Minister said there are no two opinions on the warmth of relation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia but China is also a true and honest friend of Pakistan which deserves to be respected highly.
“China has always been there for Pakistan at every difficult juncture. The government should also have given a warm welcome to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Why these different standards? Why not to adopt a same policy?” he added.
Talking with regard to the PM’s appeal to donate for Daimer-Bhasha Dam, Shehbaz said Imran does not need to collect funds for generation of electricity. He can just call in bids from international companies, and many will be happy to invest in this project.
Responding to Shehbaz’s press conference, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry denied allegations of curtailing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, and said the government would complete all CPEC projects besides ensuring transparency and effectiveness.
Shehbaz also threw down the gauntlet to PTI govt over ‘rigged elections.
He has threatened to disrupt the parliamentary proceedings until formation of a commission to probe alleged rigging in July 25 polls.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan on August 17 assured (lawmakers) in the National Assembly of forming a parliamentary commission to probe into allegations of rigging and said he would announce it in the house.
“However, three weeks have passed but no commission has been formed. If they did not fulfill their promise, the opposition parties will not let the house proceeding run,” PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif said.
Shehbaz said they want a commission with complete authority to probe into the election and do its forensic audit, adding that the commission should have members from all political parties.
“We hope that this does not turn out to be another of his (Imran Khan’s) U-turns. We will get this commission formed and make its findings public. We will ensure that such rigging does not happen in future,” he said.
Shehbaz also chastized the government for increasing gas, electricity and urea prices. He said the increase in gas prices is unprecedented and would not only adversely affect the industrial user but also the domestic user.
“The PTI-led government increased gas, electricity and fertilizer prices just 20 days after assuming office,” the PML-N president regretted.
“We will become the voice of the farmers and the common man.”