ISLAMABAD - Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah on Wednesday urged the federal government not to waste even a single day and take a decision on talks with Taliban as the APC had given the mandate to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Addressing a joint meeting of opposition parties, Pakistan Peoples' Party Parliamentarians (PPPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP), at the Parliament House, Shah said the political leadership had authorised the prime minister to take any decision on holding talks with Taliban. Accusing the prime minister of violating Charter of Democracy (CoD) by reinstalling National Security Council, Shah said the federal government, during its first 100 days, had only made tall claims, but implementation was missing. The meeting reviewed the overall political situation. The lawmakers thoroughly discussed the IMF loan deal as a briefing had also been arranged for the participants on the government’s deal with international monetary agency.
Later, talking to journalists, Syed Khursheed Shah said the federal government gave no relief to the masses during its first 100 days in power. He said there was an utter indifference towards the national issues on part of the federal government, which was regrettable. He said a major disaster had hit Balochistan and over 340 people had been killed, but the government representatives were unable to brief the parliamentarians on the losses.
He said petroleum and flour prices were witnessing an unprecedented hike. It is relevant to note that PPPP, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), also staged a walkout from Wednesday’s proceedings of the National Assembly for what they termed negligence and non-seriousness of the government over Balochitsan’s disaster.