The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday (Nov 7) while speaking to the media in Islamabad, offered to bear medical expenditures of Punjab Minister for Culture and Information Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan’s mental checkup out of his own pocket.
When asked about Punjab information minister’s comments against PML-N workers, Abbasi said, “The minister should get his head checked and I am ready to pay for it out of my own pocket.”
He continued, “If someone really wants to know how happy people are with the current government, they should go to the streets and ask them. When the 100-day progress report comes, we will know about the government’s real ‘progress’. “At dharnas, Imran Khan has claimed he will establish the writ of the state. We are not aware of what the protesters said and only found out about them from the prime minister,” he said, adding, “I was not aware of the talks about the army and court. Agreements were done [with the protesters] at night, which no one can comprehend.”
He said, “Lies are being spewed regarding the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). Ministers lie and unfortunately, the prime minister has the same attitude. It’s an old habit of his.” He added, “We have said it time and again that they can use any forum they want to make accusations. Lying like that is not befitting of the government.”
“The government should tell us what are they talking about with the International Monetary Fund? Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf government had vowed that they would rather die than go to them?” the former premier questioned. “Such a huge incident happened in the country and no minister or prime minister took the parliament into confidence over it,” Abbasi criticised.
He further said, “China is our friend and no visit to the country can be termed as a failure. It is important the prime minister inform us regarding the talks in China since a lot of things mentioned in the joint statement require clarification.”
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22 January, 2019