Army chief’s briefing to MPs ‘nothing new’: Khurshid

ISLAMABAD – Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Tuesday said that the briefing to the senators by army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was “nothing new”.

Speaking to journalists here, Shah said that the briefing by the military leaders to the Senate’s Committee of the Whole was a “routine business”, and the Pakistan People’s Party welcomed such sessions.

“General Raheel Sharif also gave briefing to the parliamentarians in the past. This proves the civilians supremacy,” he said.

Shah said that the government should call a joint session of the parliament to discuss the national issues.

He said that the PPP wanted general elections according to the schedule.

“We want the assemblies to complete their terms,” Shah added.

The PPP leader said that the government was confronting the state institutions and the situation “needs serious consideration” by all the parties.

When asked about the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s announcement that he would launch a “movement for justice”, Shah said: “Only Nawaz Sharif can tell what he meant by this statement. May be he is forming a justice party against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.”

Shah said the PPP had always asked Nawaz Sharif not to defame the state institutions as it would only benefit the miscreants.

“We understand that the parliament is the main institution and other institutions must seek help from the parliament. If there is a clash of institutions, it will only damage the country,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, PPP Secretary Information Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed said it was clear that “another favourite” of the establishment had replaced Nawaz Sharif.

In a statement, Ahmed said that the PPP had been dealing with all kinds of injustices for the last five decades but continued its struggle for democracy, whereas Nawaz Sharif wanted to destroy the judiciary to save his skin.

He said that Hudaibiya and Niazi Services both had not been punished for their alleged crimes.

The PPP leader said that Nawaz Sharif should remember what injustices he had meted out to Benazir Bhutto.

“Nawaz Sharif had cut Asif Ali Zardari’s tongue and neck. It was Nawaz Sharif who initiated terror cases against political workers,” he alleged.

Ahmed said that like former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, Imran Khan “got, what he did not even demand.”

He added: “General Musharraf was allowed to amend constitution, and proceedings by Election Commission were stopped against Imran Khan.”

Ahmed said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf were deep into quagmire of corruption and conspiracies but their real faces stood exposed.

In a separate statement, PPP leader Saeed Ghani on Tuesday said that Nawaz Sharif weakened the parliament.

Ghani said Nawaz Sharif was decrying courts’ orders now but forgot “what he has been doing himself in the past.”

Criticising PTI chief Imran Khan, he said PTI leader was an “undemocratic individual and does not know anything about democracy.”

Ghani said workers of the PPP had offered sacrifices for restoration of democracy and Benazir Bhutto not only fought terrorists but also identified them as the biggest danger for Pakistan.

“Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan were on the side of terrorists when PPP started operation against them. Neither the federal government in the centre nor the PTI government in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa did justice to the martyrs of the Army Public School,” he alleged.

PPP leader Nayyar Bokhari also criticised Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan.

He alleged that both the leaders changed their stances according to their needs.

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