‘Information minister fails to address PTI’s demands’

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari on Saturday said that Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rasheed had no answers to PTI's four questions so he tries and evade the core issues.

On question 1, the minister said he had asked Nawaz Sharif to make his speech to all the supporters who were gathering in Raiwind by the evening. But the issue was not simply speaking to PML-N workers but of making a ‘victory speech’ before official results were in and of demanding that he should be given a clear mandate, she stated in a press release.

“So PTI has rightly asked who was Nawaz addressing when he asked for a clear mandate since as Pervaiz Rasheed himself pointed out, voting had already stopped. Clearly on these points PMLN's spokesperson had no answer,” she said.

On question 2, the minister on the issue of ROs tried to twist the whole issue by referring to Imran Khan's demand of 2012 that ROs be appointed from the judiciary, she said. “Yes PTI did but PTI's question is why were the ROs not held accountable to anyone? Especially where wrongdoing has been clearly shown, why is no one holding the ROs accountable? On that the PMLN has no answer,” She questioned.

On question 3, regarding the role of caretakers especially Najam Sethi, the minister had an absurd response – that Sethi was the PPP's choice as if somehow that justifies all his rigging efforts! Mazari said that Pervaiz Rasheed pointing to various transfers and postings in Punjab by Sethi was not an answer to PTI's question about Sethi's role in rigging and the ‘35 punctures’ for which he was rewarded with chairmanship of the Cricket Board.

Otherwise what were his credentials for this post, she questioned. On question 4, regarding the rile of former chief minister Iftikhar Chaudhry in electoral rigging, the minister forgot to answer the question totally and got derailed. PTI's objection was to former chief justice addressing the ROs before the elections as CJ and then applauding them for conducting ‘fair and free elections.’

Now, he has been rewarded with his son Arsalan Chaudhry being made chairman of the BOI Balochistan. Mazari said its a pity Pervaiz Rasheed was unable to comprehend and answer PTI's four questions. As for his reference to PTI sending money for IDPs, he should see as to how the IKF is already helping the IDPs.

It is shameful how PMLN is using the IDPs for political purposes and how the PM chose to visit a fake IDP camp in Bannu. Instead of spending on lawn maintenance, security dogs and BMWs all at state expense along with foreign tours and security for the whole Sharif clan, the PMLN government should divert the taxpayers' money for the poor displaced people streaming in from the tribal agency.

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