Kh Asif questions govt silence over Tareen’s London visit

Abdul Qadir Patel asks govt to hold Nawaz, Zardari responsible for coronavirus: Says elderly people being made to dance for Rs12,000

By: News Desk      Published: 02:49 PM, 11 Jun, 2020
Kh Asif questions govt silence over Tareen’s London visit
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Senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif on Thursday said petrol was in search of buyer in the entire world but the buyers in Pakistan were in quest of petrol, as he blasted the government on multiple issues ranging from the fuel shortage to the coronavirus.

There is a crisis of governance and policy, said the seasoned politician in his address to the National Assembly, adding that those in government were only interested in passing time.

Khawaja also remarked that Jahangir Tareen, the main accused in the sugar scandal, had left the country but not a single voice was heard from the treasury benches.

“If problems are solved by arresting the [opposition] leadership then imprison us all,” he remarked and added, “Tell us to which police station we have to go.”

About the coronavirus pandemic, the PML-N cited the recent WHO assessment in which it is clearly stated that Pakistan did not any of the six conditions set for relaxing the lockdown and asked the government to stop playing with the people’s lives.

The government neither have any policy nor direction, Khawaja Asif said and remarked that the prime minister issued a statement only after receiving telegram, as he criticised Imran Khan over his contradictory assertions about the coronavirus.

The prime minister says coronavirus will come and go, he said and added that the government started playing politics against Sindh for taking strong measures to fight the pandemic.

He mentioned that no figures were provided about the pilgrims returning from Iran. “The health secretary says there 678,000 corona cases only in Lahore. You should check in the House how many members and officials are infected by the coronavirus,” said Khawaja Asif.

On the other hand, PPP leader Abdul Qadir Patel – mocking the PTI over the tendency of holding the previous governments for everything – remarked that they should blame Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari for the coronavirus too.

The prime minister, he said, previously said the coronavirus was just a flu and only “one-and-half person” would die but was currently describing that as a serious disease.

Elderly people are made to dance for Rs12,000 said Patel in reference to the financial assistance given by the government amid the pandemic.

He blasted the government for the sugar crisis, locust attack, petrol shortage and the 400 percent increase in medicines’ prices. “Leave the commission. The flour and sugar thieves are sitting on your right and left. The biggest robbery is of trust. People’s trust has been robbed,” said the PPP lawmaker.