Sheikh Rasheed clarifies his demand of 'judicial martial law'

Sheikh Rasheed today clarified his remarks regarding formation of caretaker government that he made here on yesterday.

He said that he asked CJP Mian Saqib Nisar to conduct next general elections under the surveillance of army.

He clarified his statement when Capt (r) Safdar criticized him for his remarks saying that he had breached the constitution.

Safdar also demanded Supreme Court to take notice against Sheikh Rasheed.      

Earlier, Sheikh Rasheed demanded CJP to impose “judicial martial law” till next genral elections in a press conference at Islamabad Press Club.

While talking to media persons, he also said that any caretaker prime minister, which was not having the approval of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf would not be acceptable to them. He said that the consultation for appointment of caretaker set-up should not be confined only to the consultation between the Leader of Opposition and Leader of the House but other stakeholders should also be taken on board while picking the candidate for caretaker prime minister.

Under the constitution, Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly were to decide the candidate for caretaker prime minister through mutual consultation.

Terming the appointment of caretaker setups in the centre and provinces as the major issue, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that all stakeholders should be taken on board in the process as the candidate for caretaker PM picked by the Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition and not having the approval of other stakeholders would not be acceptable to them.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had leveled serious allegations against him but as the matter is sub judice so he would not comment on it. He further said that government had conducted audit of the projects completed during his tenure as minister several times but could not find any irregularity.

Expressing serious reservations over the fresh delimitations, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that the Election Commission has coined a new term ‘clockwise’ to change the demography of the constituencies’ topsy-turvy. He said that they have recorded their concerns at appropriate forums.

Commenting on the recent private visit of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the United States in which he had held official meetings with US Vice-President and other officials wherein as per criteria people of Foreign Ministry and Pakistan Ambassador to US were not present.

Terming it a very serious matter, Sheikh Rasheed said that the whole nation wanted explanation from the Prime Minister on this count as in what capacity he had held these meeting unilaterally and in complete violation of the set criteria.

Terming the devaluation of the Pakistani currency against the US dollar a conspiracy, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that in coming days rupee would further shed to US dollar and foreign currency reserves would shrink drastically only to establish that it was all happening due to the removal of Nawaz Sharif from power.

To a question, Sheikh Rasheed said that he would contest upcoming elections, if held from both NA 60 and 62 in alliance with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

To another question, Sheikh Rasheed said that President Mamnoon Hussain is also to retire this year and in his absence Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani would be the acting president while Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala would perform the duties of Chairman Senate.

He said that Nawaz Sharif wanted to grab the slot of Chairman Senate only to keep hold on the office of President of Pakistan but the wise move of PTI had frustrated the plan of PML-N to get its man installed as chairman in the Upper House.

To a question about former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the AML chief said that although he (Nisar) is his political opponent, yet an upright person and has untainted political career.

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