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PML-N has nothing to do with any deal on Musharraf’s exit: Rashid

* Minister says his party would never be part of any act that is in conflict with constitution and law * PPP leadership itself divided on Musharraf issue

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid denied on Sunday that the PML-N had any connection with any deal to allow exit to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. 
He said that the PML-N had never been and would never be part of any act which was in conflict with the constitution and law. Responding to the media at the National College of Arts (NCA) he said the controversy on the issue of indemnity to former dictator Musharraf was uncalled for since the PPP leadership was itself divided on the issue. “The statements from the PPP leadership, including Farhatullah Babar, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Qamar Zaman Kaira, on the issue of exit deal with the former dictator are conflicting, while Pervez Musharraf has himself denied any kind of deal,” he added.
Pervaiz Rashid said the PML-N had a very clear stance towards the dictators and it had never been a part of any deal against the constitution. To a query, the minister said it was a glorious achievement of the PML-N government that it got installed in merely seven months the power generation machinery which had been rusting at ports for past seven years due to the negligence of the previous regimes. “The plant would start production with its full capacity shortly due to the efforts of the PML-N government,” he added.
The minister said that the government would explore all possible avenues to get cheap electricity for the people and noted that electricity could be purchased from some Central Asian states to meet the country’s needs. Rashid regretted the fact that no serious efforts were made by the previous governments to deal with the menace of power load shedding and outages. He said the incumbent government had started a number of power generation projects to deal with the problem. “The previous government had not carried out any work on transmission lines, but the present government is also working on power transmission lines for resolving the energy issue.”
Regarding the North Waziristan operation, the minister said people of North Waziristan were made hostage in their own homes and land, and it was the responsibility of the state to rescue the land and people from usurpers and terrorists. “The armed forces have been doing the rescue work in North Waziristan and soon people would return to their homes safe and sound,” the minister added. Rashid said it is unfortunate that some elements are talking of revolution and revolt at a time when the armed forces are engaged in a military operation. 

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