LAHORE, July 20: The opposition parties have decided to call an All-Parties Conference (APC) after Eid-ul-Azha to devise a joint strategy against the government.
This decision was taking in a meeting of Chairman Pakistan Peopls Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and PML-N delegation comprising on Ahsan Iqbal, Saad Rafique, and Ayaz Sadiq. PML-N delegation visited Bilawal House on Monday to meet the PPP chairman to finalise the agenda for the proposed APC .
The two parties announced for setting up a joint action committee which will comprise the PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Rana Sanullah, Marriyum Aurangzeb. It will also have the PPP’s representation in the form of Naveed Qamar, Sherry Rehman, Farhatullah Babar and Nayyar Bukhari. From the ANP, Mian Ifthikar and Ameer Haider Khan Hoti will be part of the committee while Senator Mir Kabeer Shahi from the National Party will also feature in it.The committee will be responsible for coming up with a joint strategy against the government.
Addressing the media after meeting the PPP leadership, PML-N stalwart Ahsan Iqbal said that the PPP and the PML-N were in agreement that the current government was to blame for the economic crisis that Pakistan was going through.
“No state in the 21st century can continue to exist with such a floundered economy,” he said, adding that improving the people’s standard of living was out of the question as the government was making life extremely hard for the masses.
“The one who had a car, is now [left with] a motorbike. The one who had a motorbike is now walking [due to poor economic conditions]. People cannot afford education for their children. The labourers, the farmers and graduates with degrees are worried,” he added.
He said that Pakistan was facing internal and external threats due to the incumbent government. “Getting rid of this government is in line with the aspirations of the people of Pakistan,” he said. “An All-Parties Conference will be called immediately after Eid-ul-Azha with consultations of all parties.”
Iqbal said that the government was trying to impose a law, by using the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) conditions as an excuse to enact a law that was “not the NAB’s father but its grandfather”.
He said that the government was bringing a law according to which authorities can have any person arrested for 90 days without bail. “After [the 90 days], the remand can be extended for another 90 days without bail. And the order will be issued by the secretary interior and the Punjab home secretary,” he added.
He said that any media worker, politician, political workers, trader or businessman can be sent to prison by the government on a bogus chit prepared by prosecutors that accuses an individual of the transfer of money through Hawala/Hundi.
“We cannot allow the government to impose ‘black laws’ on Pakistan under the garb of FATF due to which individual freedom of expression is suppressed,” he said.
PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the ‘NAB-Niazi nexus’ was enhancing its role day-by-day. He said that there wasn’t a single opposition leader in Pakistan today who had not suffered illegal detention or isolation torture at the hands of NAB. He slammed the government for keeping opposition leaders Khursheed Shah and Hamza Shehbaz in detention.
In response to a question, Kaira said that both parties were in agreement that the incumbent government was the ‘problem’ and that they must work to rid the nation of it. he said that both parties agree that the country must be rid of this government.