ISLAMABAD - With the end of the much-talked-about “honeymoon period” - the first 100 days of the PML-N government - by the mid of September, the PPP has decided to start preparations to give a tough time to the ruling party in and outside the parliament.
PTI, the other major opposition party, has already taken the Punjab government to its horns over the by-elections rigging issue and the PPP feels it may be left behind in terms of playing a friendly opposition.
PPP in its well-perceived strategy will start lunging at the PML-N government’s loopholes in shape of charge-sheet or ‘100-day performance’ soon after lapse of the government’s first 100 days, background discussions with PPP’s lawmakers left this impression.
The main opposition party has planned to give a tough time to the incumbent government on the claim made by PM Nawaz Sharif that people would get some relief and see a positive change in the first 100 days of his era, they said.
The senior voices of former ruling PPP, the sources said, have deliberated to wash the stigma of ‘friendly opposition’ on the party by attacking on the performance and policies of government in and outside the parliament.
They said that the PPP government had faced much criticism over the issues of terrorism, drone attacks, economic situation and Abbottabad incident.
“First 100 days are considered a honeymoon period of any government, now the main opposition party will show its real face to the ruling clique,” said a PPP’s senior leader.
The delay in ‘national security policy’ is its planned priority subject, as PPP legislators will stress the government to unveil its strategy on it.
The issues of terrorism, drone strikes, dialogue with Taliban, circular debt, lran-Pakistan gas pipeline etc are on the hit list of PPP to grill the incumbent on different platform.
It is relevant to note here that the unresolved matter of NAB chairman’s appointment is pending for the last few months as PPP’s stalwart Syed Khursheed Shah has not adopted any strict stance in his recent meeting with PM Nawaz Sharif on this matter. However, the issue is likely to be resolved by the next month.
The sources said that the PPP legislators would come down hard on the government over the non-implementation of CoD with regard to establishment of Cabinet committee on National Security. The matter of non-party based local bodies elections especially in Punjab will be the main focus of the PPP, as it has still not strongly raised its voice on this matter.
The sources said that the main opposition party is also making a strategy to take every step taking other allies along. The PPP will start taking all other opposition parties into confidence from next month, they added.