No objection to PPP’s return to PDM provided it reforms itself, says Abbasi
Calling free and fair general elections as the only solution to the issues confronting the country, former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Saturday that the party was ready for the elections, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
In a special interview to 24News, he made it clear that if Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) mended its ways and took confidence-building measures (CBMs), then he would have no objection to its return to Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM).
The former prime minister was of the view that the opposition was always friendly so long as there was no provocation from the government side.
He said he did not think the opposition needed to listen to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech since it was of no use.
Talking about the prospects of the completion of the five-year term of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government, Abbasi said that only those (establishment) who brought the party to power could ensure its stay in the office for five years. “But those responsible for bringing PTI to power will have to answer whether the country could withstand the ill-effects the completion of this party’s government will bring with it,” he added.
He said national security policies were not formulated at private meetings. “You will have to present these policies at parliament in order to get their approval,” the former prime minister stressed.
The PML-N leader said the reason for not installing LNG terminals was corruption. “These days federal ministers are openly demanding $10 million for the installation of an LNG terminal,” he alleged.
Abbasi also ruled out the possibility of bringing a no-trust move in the Punjab Assembly, saying it was impossible to bring such a move in the country where there was no regard for the constitution.