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Fawad foresees opposition leaders in jail before no-trust move


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Tuesday said the corrupt opposition leadership would fail in their attempt for no-trust as they were going to land in jail for their loot and plunder of the national wealth.

He said at a media briefing after the cabinet meeting that they could file a motion of no-confidence if they managed to get out of the corruption case, but he did not foresee any such move as they would go to jail before misfortune occurred.

Fawad said the opposition had tried 13 times in the past to overthrow the elected government, but their current bid would suffer the same fate.

He said sarcastically that the opposition was as strong as mentioned in the Urdu couplet: “Na Khanjar Uthay Ga, Na Talwaar Unn Sey…. Yeh Bazu Mere Azmaye Hue Hain”.

He said that from this fact, it can be seen that all the main opposition, including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Relegated to region.

He said they were united not to overthrow the government, but to thwart ongoing accountability efforts aimed at recovering the wealth of the nation they plundered, adding that this confirmed the Prime Minister’s prediction that when the law comes into force, all thieves will unite. Of course against them.

The minister asked whether Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Bilawal Bhutto, Maryam Safdar or Shehbaz Sharif had the strength to overthrow the government. He said how could those who cannot even carry their own burdens be a threat to the government.

The country’s future would be bleak if it were linked with the above leaders, who being bygones themselves had no political future, Fawad added.

Turning his guns toward Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Safdar, he advised them to first contest election for a mayor before thinking for premiership.

He said the government wanted live broadcast of the proceedings of all major corruption cases so that the public and the media could know as to how the corruption was committed in a systematic way.

As such, Fawad said the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Farooh Habib, will introduce a resolution in the National Assembly for a full debate on the live broadcast of the case of opposition leader Sheikh Baz Sharif. He added that it was more important to show the public how billions of rupees were pouring into the accounts of low-ranking employees at his (Shehbaz) factory.

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