Rasheed wants decisive operation against militants

Ex-minister calls PPP a ‘retailer,’ PML-N ‘wholesaler’ party

LAHORE – Former federal minister and Awami Muslim League president MNA Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said that the government has failed in bringing peace either through dialogue with militants or by launching a decisive operation against them.

Addressing a news conference here on Sunday, he said that the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was scared of taking any bold step towards restoring peace in Pakistan and it was neither serious in peace talks nor in military operation.

Rasheed also said that the train mach would start from Rawalpindi on June 20 and the PML leadership would receive participants in Gujrat. He said that his party would stage sit-ins at 15 railway stations from Peshawar to Lahore if the government created hurdles.

He said that the Pakistan People’s Party was a ‘retailer’ party but the PML-N has crossed it becoming ‘wholesaler’ during current tenure. He said that the Nawaz government cleared 480 billion rupees circular debt by paying the said amount to business tycoons Mian Mansha and Daud Razzaq.

About impact of recent attack on the Karachi airport, Rasheed said that the foreign remittances and foreign investment seen considerable fall. He said the government has imported 12 rail engines from China and four of them were not in working condition. The government was doing business with only two countries which are offering them 50 percent as commission, he said.

The former minister said that the government has made no comprehensive study prior importing LNG from Qatar and has ignored climate impact of the chemical on sea. He alleged that only the front men of PML-N were being facilitated in investment. He announced a warm welcome for Dr Tahirul Qadri on his landing in Islamabad.

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