Long marches staged by opposition have no agenda: Sheikh Rashid

Govt has no threat from opposition’s protest rallies: Sheikh Rashid

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Islamabad: Federal Minister of the Interior Sheikh Rashid stated that the opposition is humiliating itself, the opposition is running for elections, and the government is not threatened by the opposition protest rally.

Speaking to the journalists, the minister said that it took 6 months for Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to warm up in the protest movement. “The real time of sit-in was when JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman came to Islamabad. Now they will only humiliate themselves,” he added.

Continuing his address, Sheikh Rashid said that the government faces not threat, three and a half years have passed, adding that now the opposition is running election campaign. “It is the right of the opposition to hold rallies, I complain to them that it started too late. Now this is an election campaign,” he mentioned.

“The coalition is not going anywhere. Whenever there is an issue, people talk about for fulfilling demands, something has to be done to meet the demands. The country s economy is passing through a difficult period of time. We are only facing the problem of inflation.”

Sheikh Rashid maintained that he was not included during the agreement with the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP). The settled matters with the TLP issues will be made public in a few days. “I already told Saad Hussain Rizvithat this is the matter of Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Punjab government. The TLP was declared null and void by the Home Ministry at the behest of the Punjab government and the ban was lifted on “their request.

He further stated that he is working to recruit 1,000 police officers in the same month and is signing a memorandum of understanding for 1,122 police officers in Punjab.

In response to a question, the Minister of the Interior said that PML-N President Sheikh Baz Sharif and Fawad Hassan Fawad are already on the Exit Control List (ECL), and neither of them has applied for withdrawal from the ECL. “Two weeks ago, NAB sent another case,” he added.

Speaking of Afghanistan, Sheikh Rashid said that the situation in neighboring Afghanistan will also have an impact on Pakistan.

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