Soon after Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif stepped down as Chairmanship of Public Accounts Committee, rumors were circulating that he will come back to Pakistan. In response to all rumors Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif on Thursday (May 2) said “Mian sb is our party’s leader. He is the opposition leader in the National Assembly and party president… Mian sb will lead the debate during the budget session,” Asif told reporters.
Meanwhile party Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb, however, rejected reports the reports that former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi willk replace the Shehbaz Sharif as opposition leader in National Assembly and said Terming the reports as “baseless and mere rumors”, Aurangzeb maintained that Shahbaz continues to hold the position, adding that “the joint opposition, under his leadership, will keep on playing its role in exposing the government’s inability and inefficiency”.
PML-N Senator Kulsoom Parveen, , said that “if Shahbaz is facing health issues then opposition leader might also change”. She added that “opposition leader should be a person who can stand up and talk in the Assembly”. “Only a strong person can speak about people’s problems in the parliament. Not everyone is capable of doing that,” she said. “Shahbaz Sharif is facing cases and health issues and he has his own reservations. Khawaja Asif can speak openly in the Assembly,” she added.
The PML-N’s media cell elaborated that “Shahbaz made the decision [to relinquish the PAC and parliamentary leader’s roles] after consultation with party supremo Nawaz Sharif”.
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22 July, 2019