SUKKUR - Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah has asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take notice of State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali’s statement regarding power theft in Sindh. “The minister is levelling baseless allegations regarding electricity theft in interior Sindh,” he said.
Khursheed said the minister should be stopped from issuing such irresponsible statements.
Talking to reporters on Saturday here, he said that peace talks with the Taliban should be within the constitutional framework. He said that a system based on Holy Qur’an and Sunnah is already in force in Pakistan. “We pray for the success of govt committee engaged in peace talks with the Taliban,” he said. He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan should been part of the Taliban committee, as it would have brought positive developments in the talks.
He said that the government should not privatise national institutions under the pretext of financial loss. He said that the local bodies elections in Sindh would be held after completing new delimitation of constituencies.
Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Greg Giokas Saturday called on the former President Asif Ali Zardari here and discussed matters of mutual interest. During the meeting Zardari appreciated the support extended by Canada to Pakistan in various fields and in supporting democracy in Pakistan and in overcoming various challenges, a statement issued from Bilawal House said. Talking to the High Commissioner the former President underscored the significance of Pakistan as an important regional player in South Asia that could play an effective role for the stability, peace and prosperity of the region.
Later in the afternoon the Indian High Commissioner Dr TCA Raghavan also called on former president Asif Zardari and discussed matters of mutual interest.
Felicitating once again the Indian High Commissioner on his appointment, Zardari stressed the need for improved bilateral relations for the sake of well-being of over a billion people of the two countries and for regional peace and security. There is no alternative to peace through an honourable resolution of disputes between the two countries. The former president said that there was an increasing political consensus in Pakistan on seeking normalisation of relations with India. He said that the PPP has long been in favour of trade with India, greater people-to-people contacts and strengthening SAARC as a trading bloc as instruments for normalisation of relations.
He said that the party had introduced the concept of visa-free travel in SAARC countries to groups of people including parliamentarians and judges and also introduced the South Asian Preferential Tariff Agreement. He said that the path to peace lay through confidence building, conflict management and creation of a trading bloc of nations to improve the living conditions of all people of South Asia.
Dr TCA Raghavan thanked the former president for the meeting.
Patron in Chief of PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Bakhtwar Bhutto Zardari were also present in both the meetings.