Talks only with MPs, not fugitives


Fawad Chaudhry says Maryam Nawaz did not want to see the system become powerful; says Sindh government needed to improve its governance

Ansar M Bhatti

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry while taking a blunt government stance has said that we will not talk to the fugitives but to the leadership in Parliament.

Briefing the media after the federal cabinet meeting, Fawad Chaudhry said that Mian Nawaz Sharif, Fazlur Rehman and Maryam Nawaz are not part of the parliamentary system. Nawaz Sharif and Muttahida Bani ran away from the law adding that the accused have no right to lead the party.

Fawad Chaudhry said that PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz did not want to see the system become powerful. If democracy is to survive, a system must be devised. He said that every party after losing the election alleges of rigging. If the opposition does not agree on the voting machine, it should bring suggestions.

 “If you disagree with our proposals on electoral reform, bring your suggestions,” he said. Minister said that we are working with the opposition on the Electric Voting Machine (EVM), which is also one of the electoral reforms adding that how will democracy move forward if everyone accuses of fraud in the elections.

In his press conference, Fawad Chaudhry also slammed the Sindh government, saying it needed to improve its governance. Murad Ali Shah s government is lagging behind in every field, he added. He said that the process of Coronavirus vaccination in different cities of Pakistan is in full swing but even on this important issue, big cities like Karachi and Hyderabad are lagging behind.

Fawad said that Sindh government should look into its own affairs and improve governance. The federal government has the power to draw the attention of the provinces to governance. Talking about the returning Pakistani prisoners from Saudi Arabia, the Federal Minister said that it was part of Prime Minister Imran Khan s effort.

Minister said that hundreds of repatriated prisoner were locked behind the bars for petty crimes. Embassy staff suspended for mistreatment of prisoners and laborers. It is the duty of a diplomat to consider Pakistanis abroad as his family, he added. He said that the federal cabinet has rejected the increase in the salaries of ministers, only the salaries of civil servants will be increased.

Fawad Chaudhry said that the Prime Minister will write a letter to the Leader of the Opposition for the appointment of members of the Election Commission, it was not necessary to meet the Leader of the Opposition in this regard.