KARACHI - Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that the government will accept the court’s decision over the Panama papers; be it against or in favour of PML-Nawaz’s leadership. Talking to the media men after inaugurating Railway employees’ apartments here on Saturday, the minister said, “Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had also accepted the court’s decision against him despite its harsh nature.” He added that PML-N believed in supremacy of judiciary, and would accept the Supreme Court’s decision regardless of the fact that it came against the party’s leadership or in favour.

“In the past, injustice was done with former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, but the PPP leadership accepted the decision,” he added.

Criticising the Sindh government, he said, "Despite the fact that the province gets Rs9 billion, it is still in ruins.” “The provincial government, instead of making tall claims, should deem itself accountable for the destruction of the port city and provide basic necessities to the masses," he asserted.

He further said that he was shocked to see potholed streets and broken pavements during his visit to Karachi, while on the other hand cities in Punjab were witnessing development and progress.

Speaking about the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR), he said that there were issues with the original plan.

He said the Sindh government had never wanted to begin work on the KCR. "The metro bus should have come to Karachi first,” he said, and added, “The public transport system in the city is horrible."

Saad said that the government was in contact with MQM-P and other political forces of the county.

“MQM-Pakistan Convener Dr Farooq Sattar has taken a wise decision of disowning MQM founder Altaf Hussain and London chapter,” he said, and added, “I am aware that senior leaders of MQM were anguished by the party founder’s speech, but credit goes to Altaf Hussain himself who distanced himself from politics.”

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 06-Nov-2016 here.