Shehbaz will either go to London or jail, claims info minister

LAHORE – Minister for Information and Broad­casting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Friday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif was left with only two options: either to go to London or jail. Talking to the media here, he said that the accountability court had been requested to conduct day-to-day hearing of Shehbaz Sharif case so that it could be concluded at the earliest. 

He said that the media should anal­yse the witnesses and evidence by covering the accountability court proceedings and evaluate wheth­er Shehbaz Sharif was involved in money laundering or not, instead of giving coverage to Shehbaz Sharif’s claims or remarks.

The minister said that Shehbaz Sharif should not worry as the coun­try was moving in the right direction and people of country fully support­ed Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government. He said the opposition was in a state of confusion, as first it claimed that Nawaz Sharif was re­turning to the country on his own; however when the government of­fered them that it would bring him (Nawaz) back, then they backed off. 

To a question, he said that previ­ous regimes of Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari damaged the national economy by getting huge loans, due to which now the government had to pay off these loans of $55 billion in the next two years. It has to take loans to return the previous loans, he added. Today, even after paying off huge amounts in loans, Pakistan’s economic situation was still stable and growing, he asserted.

To another query, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the opposition central leadership had been ab­sconding; so how the government could hold talks with them, adding that Pakistan People’s Party and Pa­kistan Muslim League-Nawaz should engage in national politics but they did not want to do so. 

The PPP had always played the Sindh card instead of strength­ening the federation. Now the Sindh government had deprived the peo­ple of Sindh from the Sehat card, he said and added that PPP’s lead­ership was afraid of its own work­ers and was unable to face them. He said the PPP had become unpopular due to its leadership’s negative poli­cies. That was why it could organise a public gathering even at a 10-mar­la space, he added. 

He said that victory or defeat were part of electoral process as the polit­ical leaders were answerable to peo­ple about their political efforts and commitments, adding that the PTI won elections in Sialkot and Federal­ly Administered Tribal Areas. Earlier, the minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had once again expressed his commitment to the people of the country and pledged to make Pakistan a welfare state based on the principles of Riyasat-e-Medina. He said that the corrupt era of previous governments had ended in Pakistan as now a peo­ple-centric government was working to put the country on the way to prog­ress and prosperity.

He said the opposition’s central leadership did not attend the Na­tional Assembly’s proceedings while they claimed that 29 members of Pa­kistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had contact­ed the PML-N.

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