PML-N backstabbed PPP, while PPP betrayed JUI-F: Shibli Faraz

Shibli Faraz

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz, while rubbishing the outcries of the opposition over seven rejected votes in the Senate chairman election, said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stabbed Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the back and PPP betrayed Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) Chief Fazal-ur-Rehman.
The minister addressed a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday and said it has been proven by the Senate election that the opposition parties cannot work in alliance. It would have been beneficial for Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) if it had accepted open balloting.
Shibli Faraz expressed the determination to bring legislation in the parliament for reforms and welfare of masses. He said the PTI has now emerged as the largest party both in the National Assembly and the Senate. He pointed out that in the last two and a half years, the opposition parties obstructed our legislation in the Upper House.
Shibli Faraz said we respect parliament and we can only restore its dignity if it takes the decision in the interest of masses. He said we are ready to sit with the opposition on the matters of economic, electoral and judicial reforms.
He, however, made it clear that no NRO will be given to the corrupt political leaders.
The Information Minister regretted that the opposition parties are now trying to make controversial the election of Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate. He said the elections were held in a free and transparent manner and that these were not influenced.
He said the opposition parties will have to see beyond their personal vested interests. He said these parties may go ahead with their planned long march but they will not get any support from the masses. He said those in the PDM have conflicting interests and they stabbed each other in the elections of Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate.
The Information Minister said the economy is gaining strength as a result of our policies. We have stabilized the economy. He said the country is witnessing record remittances. He said the government is fully cognizant of inflation and Prime Minister Imran Khan is daily monitoring the situation. He said targeted subsidies will be given to the deserving families.
The Information Minister said the government has taken practical steps for the uplift of the areas neglected in the past. He said South Balochistan was recently given a package of 632 billion rupees whilst the tribal districts have also been given a budget for development. He said it is also the first time in the history that a candidate from the tribal districts was elected as the Deputy Chairman Senate.
Responding to a question about the rising cases of coronavirus, the Minister appealed to the people to observe SOP