Threat of clash between institutions, says Khursheed Shah | Pakistan

KARACHI: Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah remarked that there is a threat of clash between institutions.

While speaking on Geo News programme Capital Talk, he said: “many issues can be resolved if institutions work together”.

Speaking about Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor press conference, Shah said that Ghafoor’s statement that “silence is also an expression” can be understood in a myriad of ways.

“There is a lot of material in this statement,” he added.

He also remarked that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has tried to derail the government in the past. “We have never tried to derail PML-N’s [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz] government.”

Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari had shown interest in meeting Nawaz, however, Nawaz has closed all ways to meet or contact him, Shah said.

“Nawaz could have handed over the chairmanship of PML-N to someone else after getting disqualified,” he pointed out, adding “even after disqualification, Nawaz selected a new PM and cabinet.”

“This was the time to strengthen state’s institutions for the sake of democracy.”

Speaking about PPP’s government, he said: “We restored judges and increased the number of judges.” He claimed that PPP had restored former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. However, Chaudhry had claimed that he was restored by the Army chief.

Mentioning the issue surrounding suggesting a name for National Accountability Bureau chairman, Shah explained that discussions are ongoing in the matter.

“Will talk to all political parties in this regard,” he said, adding that there is no deadlock with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf regarding NAB chairman issue.

He also said that he has met with PTI Leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who submitted him the names PTI has decided for the position of NAB chairman.

“PTI has submitted many names. It is possible a name could come from the forefront from this list,” he remarked.

“I will try my best to go with opposition’s decision.”

The opposition leader claimed, “we will take the matter to Supreme Court if no consensus is reached.”

Shah shared that his biggest accomplishment is saving the parliament from splitting. “Parliament was in the process of splitting when protests were going on in Islamabad.”

“Nawaz Sharif had given all hopes,” he remarked, adding Muttahida Qaumi Movement was supporting PPP at that time. 

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