Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said Thursday that Opposition Leader in the National Assembly knew that his party will get a drubbing in the coming Local Government and general elections, so he has started crying foul.
” Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was afraid of going to the court of the masses, where they will be judged by the masses and they have started creating excuses for their defeat in elections, “he said.
Talking to media persons after attending a he said the Chaudhry Nisar’s allegations that the government was planning to rig the coming elections were totally baseless. “The coming elections will not be and cannot be rigged as for the first time a neutral and consensus Chief Election Commissioner has been appointed.
He said that Chaudhry Nisar was a senior politician and deserves respect, but he should not use derogatory language about others.
About secret fund of the Information Minister, Kaira said he has been explaining for last few days that only Rs 12 million fund was at the discretion of the Secretary Information which is spent on the welfare of deserving journalists and their families.
This amount is released to the ministry in four quarters and audit department releases the next installment after getting a detailed report about the spending of the previous installment.
He said that in the past when Chaudhry Nisar was working with dictators, may be there were funds for distribution among the media but there are no such funds available.
Kaira argued that claims of Chaudhry Nisar are against the facts as every fiscal transfer is kept in the record of the finance division so any transfer cannot be kept secret.
To a question, he said that PML-N takes every issue to the courts, in this case he asks the government to go to court which is strange.
Replying to a query about UN Commission visit to Pakistan he said as foreign office has clarified that it was not an investigative role.
He said there is no doubt that Supreme Court is the highest judicial institution in the country, but Parliament is the supreme institution which has the power to form or amend the constitution.