Opposition can’t dent PTI govt: Shahbaz Gill

He said that the government had no threat from the opposition parties because these were also facing rifts among their ranks as the senior leaders like Khwaja Saad Rafique had been sidelined.


FAISALABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill has said that a whole lot of opposition cannot dent the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government as their fundamentals are flawed and divergent.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he criticized the threatening attitude of the opposition leaders, who were trying to intimidate the state institutions for their vested interests.

He particularly mentioned the rhetoric of Rana Sanaullah to cordon off courts and said that the judiciary must take suo motu action against such statements; otherwise, the government would itself move a petition in the court.

He said that Asif Ali Zardari and the Sharif families had been at daggers drawn in the past. But, when Imran Khan announced bringing them to accountability for recovery of the looted national wealth, they became close friends. Now the opposition leaders want to oust the PTI government and for the purpose, they were using various negative tactics.

He said that the government had no threat from the opposition parties because these were also facing rifts among their ranks as the senior leaders like Khwaja Saad Rafique had been sidelined.

He said that during a meeting, Zardari uttered that some Assembly members of the PTI were in touch with him. But fact of the matter is that various parliamentarians of the opposition parties were under direct influence of the ruling alliance.

Zardari should have guessed from the recent government bills passed by the Senate and National Assembly in which some people including the leader of the opposition in Senate did not participate in the process. He said Bilawal Zardari also rejected resignation of the opposition leader which clearly showed who was under whose influence. He said that the corrupt elements could not harm the government at all. However, senior and principled politicians like Saad Rafique must think about what was happening.

Earlier, these elements had signed the Charter of Democracy to protect each other’s corruption and to loot national wealth together. But later, they betrayed each other. Now these elements are gathering together to befool masses once again. But this time, the people would reject them badly and kick them out of politics, he added.

Shahbaz Gill said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was fulfilling his promise to serve the poor and 70% patients were getting free treatment at Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, while 100% students were getting free education at NUML. Similarly, Rs 260 billion was being spent on Ehsaas Programme, Langar Khana, Shelter Homes and Ration Programme.

However, despite all these facilities, Imran Khan failed to provide billions of rupees to the poor in their bank accounts as provided by Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif and Zardari in the accounts of their peons, gardeners and venders like Masroor Anwar, Ramzan, etc., he ridiculed. Dr Shahbaz Gill said that the PTI government was sincere in steering Pakistan out of poverty and improving living standard of the poor. In this connection, Prime Minister Imran Khan was making strenuous efforts.

He said that on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan, some TV channels and several large industrial companies had increased salaries of their employees. He said talks were under way with other companies also. He said that big companies had agreed to pay their employees according to their profit ratio.

He said that Imran Khan had decided to provide Health Cards facility to all people of Pakistan and the card holder family would be entitled to get free treatment of Rs 1 million from the hospital of their own choice across the country.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was also expected to visit Faisalabad on February 9 and distribute Health Cards among the people of the division. “We will also provide details of all hospitals and health card features to the public through a press conference before the announcement of the prime minister,” he added.

He said that due to prudent policies of the PTI government, the country had been steered out of crises and now it was moving on the path to development. Country’s exports had been increased from $20 to $30 billion. Similarly, foreign reserves have reached $22 billion.

He said that now Pakistan became the fourth largest country in the world in manufacturing and selling motorcycles and there had been a record increase in sales of tractors and cars, as well as a record increase was witnessed in sales of food items, clothing, footwear and groceries. At the same time, people’s purchasing power had also increased, he added.

He said that Imran Khan’s visit to China was very successful and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant officials would provide details about the visit soon. Imran Khan believes in practical steps instead of photo sessions for national progress and prosperity, he added.

Dr Shahbaz said, “Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan and the entire Pakistan nation was, is and will be with Kashmiri people and their moral, political and diplomatic support would continue till the Kashmiris were given their right to self-determination.

He said that a state-of-the-art convention center would be constructed in Faisalabad in addition to making Jaranwala Road as an expressway. Chiniot Road would be repaired and rehabilitated soon in addition to constructing a new Interchange between Sitiana and Tandlianwala and then linking it with Painsara, he added.

Provincial Minister for Colonies and Culture Khayal Ahmad Kastro, PTI leader Dr Nisar Ahmad Jatt and others were also present.


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