ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Friday said the opposition got together to save its corruption and looted wealth and the corrupt elements were targetting the upright and honest leadership of the country.
Speaking in the Senate, he said the opposition got together under the banner of Pakistan Democratic Movement to bring back the period of price hikes and weakening of institutions
He said the opposition Senators gave the impression that they had never been in the government.
These Senators forgot that they were in the government for a long time, he said adding the opposition’s approach was not democratic but dictatorial as it did not strengthen the institutions.
Prime Minister Imran Khan smashed the stranglehold of opposition on power with his struggle of 22 years, he added.
The minister said when the opposition was in power it did not give respect to the vote but it preferred amassing wealth. The opposition leaders looted national wealth and lied on the floor of the House, he added.
He said those who damaged the national institutions, had now become champions of democracy and added, the opposition after ruling for decades, was raising hue and cry about the economy.
The nation was aware of the people who had now become ideological to serve their own interests, he noted.
He said the Punjab government had arranged for sanitizers and masks for the opposition.
The Punjab government should also give them handkerchiefs so that they could hide their faces as they levelled allegations against each other, termed each other liars and filed cases in the past.
The minister stressed that the government was determined for strengthening of institutions
and progress of the country. The resolve of Prime Minister Imran Khan could not be weakened as he would free the nation from the clutches of looters, he added.
He held the wrong policies of opposition responsible for the price hikes and inflation and said now the opposition was expecting from the government to resolve in two years the issues that lingered for the last 40 years.
All efforts to put pressure on the government would fail, he said adding the opposition had
double standards as when verdicts were delivered by the courts in favour, it was right, otherwise wrong and flawed.
He said the opposition exerted pressure on the government on the issue of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) linked legislation. Opposition wanted its own definition of corruption in the law of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
He assured that the good times were ahead and said opposition gathered to save wealth of two family limited companies which were shouting after losing elections.
He said his party Pakistan Tehreek i Insaf lost 16 seats in the last elections with less than few hundreds votes.
He said opposition did not file petitions in the Election Commission, adding the son of Maulana Fazlur Rehman won the election while he himself contested election of the President from the same Parliament.
Shibli said he challenged the opposition to fill the Jinnah stadium in Gujranwala but it failed
and turned half the stadium into a stage.