Lahore: Minister for Information,Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Friday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his speech in the parliament on Monday would present his stance about the opposition allegations.
Speaking to a private television news channel after cutting the cake of fifth anniversary of its launch here,the minister said some opposition parties were trying to mislead the nation through telling lies.
To a question, the minister said that the Supreme Court has given some guidelines for formation of the terms of references and the Prime Minister will present this view point in the National Assembly on Monday. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will also make announcement for talks with the opposition in the Parliament. He said that as far as inquiry into the allegations was concerned, there was no delay on the part of the government.
Referring to the formation of commission of inquiry for investigation into rigging in the 2013 elections, he said that a section of the opposition did not agree on the commission formation till they got tired after sit-in outside the Parliament. “That very section of the opposition has once again levelled new allegations”,he said.
The minister said that the government included all TORs related to opposition allegations, but they do not wants investigation but politicize the issue. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had presented himself and his family for accountability, but unfortunately one segment of the opposition which has been rejected time and again by the electorate wants to create anarchy through street protests.
The minister said that people of the province where that party was in power replied in the negative to all three questions about change in the public rally, and this was no trust in that party’s governance. He said that on Thursday bye-election was held in the Capital of that province and the PML-N candidate won, which means that the masses have rejected their allegations.”By raising their hands in Bannu rally, and by voting for PML-N in Peshawar the masses have endorsed the performance of the PML-N government and the bye-election result was source of satisfaction.”
The masses have given the PML-N a certificate by rejecting the allegations of the opponents.
The minister said that there was need to adopt the path of truth in all segments of the society and instead of telling lies focus should be on ending the miseries of the people. He said that the country was facing many problems like lack of educational facilities, clean drinking water, energy crisis, and there are tensions on the borders. He said due to negative politics, the government was finding it difficult to fully focus on resolution of real problems.
To a question, he said that it was responsibility of the government to take steps for protection of the journalists, and during past three years the government has taken several steps in this regard. He said that a section of the media has been airing baseless allegations against the government, but the government has not taken any action which may be interpreted as effort to curb the freedom of expression.
Meanwhile in a statement,the minister said that inquiry commission would be formed soon and the government will succeed. He said that the opposition has always been undecided about the investigation in the allegations and had been changing its stance again and again. He said that the opposition will have to shun its obstinacy and agree on an practicable solution to the issue. He said that Supreme Court reaction towards the proposed inquiry commission was natural after the opposition propaganda.
He said that the legal experts of the government were examining the SC letter. He said that inquiry commission was a legal matter and the opposition should not make it a political issue.
He said that the government was ready for formation of joint TORs with the opposition as the PML-N wants transparent and in discriminatory accountability of all. He asked the opposition to respect the sanctity of the Supreme Court and should avoid issuing controversial statements.