Opposition faced worst political victimisation under Imran: Dastgir

Raja Riaz says Imran Khan gave free hand to corrupt mafia in Punjab

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Federal Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Khan on Wednesday said that the opposition parties during the PTI-led government had faced the worst political victimization.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, he said that fake cases had been filed against the leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People’s Party on the direction of Imran Khan. He claimed that members of PML-N were forced by the then regime to part ways with the party leadership. He regretted that the three-time elected prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was disqualified on an Iqama, and not on corruption charges.

He claimed that Nawaz Sharif was not given a fair trial and was disqualified for life. He requested for constituting a full court bench to decide political cases on merit in order to bring stability in the country. He said nobody would accept ‘selective justice’ through specific decisions. Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Abdul Qadir Patel on Wednesday said that Parliament is the supreme institution in the country and provides guidance to other institutions through legislation and other parliamentary tools.

Speaking here at National Assembly, he said that legislation (Acts) of Parliament provides guidance to other institutions and they should respect and follow it. The minister said that Imran Khan wanted instability in the country and he would not accept results of elections if defeated. This egoist (Imran Khan) had a mindset who wanted only tussle and with others and cannot tolerate his opponents. He paid rich tribute to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on his 44th death anniversary and said that his social, political, and defense services would be remembered forever.

He termed the judicial murder of first elected prime minister of Pakistan Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as a black spot on the justice system of the country. He said that the presidential reference regarding the judicial murder of the prime minister who gave the country a unanimous Constitution had been pending in the Supreme Court for the past 12 years. He said the history had brought so many proofs in favour of Bhutto’s innocence and even his worst enemies admitted that Zuflikar Ali Bhutto suffered gravest injustice.

He said that Imran Khan is suffering from inferiority complex as he cannot tolerate the popularity of other political leaders including Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. However, he said “We are democratic people and would continue to work for stability in the country”. Taking jibe at Imran Khan, he said that Imran Khan he was made captain in 1992 of Pakistani cricket team for being elder in the team and not as the competent player.  He said that even as a player he did not tolerate the competent players in his team including Javed Miandad and Qasim Umer.

He said that Imran Khan is reluctant to come to National Assembly because he cannot tolerate criticism and is habitual of speaking or listening remarks in his favor. PML-N MNA Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh also urged political stability in the country and said that tussle is not favorable of anyone and it should be avoided.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmed on Wednesday alleged that former prime minister Imran Khan had given a free hand to the mafia involved in corruption in Punjab. He had timely informed Imran Khan about the corruption of former Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar but he ignored it for being part of the mafia, he said while speaking in the National Assembly. The opposition leader said the coalition partners in Punjab also complained to Imran Khan of Farah Gogi’s involvement in corrupt practices in the province, but it all fell on deaf ears.

He said he felt proud that he had initiated the move for a no-confidence motion against while calling a spade a spade. Raja Riaz said the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were dissolved by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led governments to satisfy the ego of Imran Khan. The PTI chairman’s only objective was to create chaos and instability in the country, he added. He alleged that the president had also adopted a biased attitude. The judiciary was also not giving impartial decisions, he added.

Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Syed Amin-Ul- Haque on Wednesday said the upcoming general elections in the country would be held after the completion of the digital census and delimitation of constituencies. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, he said: “The digital census will continue till April 10 after which the Election Commission of Pakistan needs four months for completing de-limitation of constituencies that made it clear that General Elections in the country are not possible before October or November 2023.”

Commenting on early polls in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said that the presence of political governments in two provinces would compromise the credibility of the general elections, adding in the presence of biased administration free, fair and transparent elections would not be possible.