Sheikh Rashid rules out severing ties with France

Says price hike is in PM Imran’s knowledge

By: News Desk      Published: 02:52 PM, 21 Oct, 2021
Sheikh Rashid rules out severing ties with France
TV grab.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Thursday vowed to put the genie of inflation back into the bottle under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Addressing police’s passing out ceremony at Police Lines, Headquarters in Islamabad, he reminded the people that the prime minister was fully aware of the massive price hike in the country. At the same time, however, he said that the government had also to follow developments taking place elsewhere in the world such as the situation in Afghanistan, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) 

The minister opined that the opposition parties achieved nothing through protests, except creating inconvenience for the people. “The opposition has been protesting for the last three years,” he said, adding the poor people who were affected by inflation were not supportive of Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) brand of politics.

Regarding the ongoing protests by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TTP), the minister said if the government recalled its ambassador from France, it amounted to severing relations with the entire Europe. “There is a freedom of speech in the country. Nothing could be more vocal supporter of the finality of Prophethood (PBUH) than me,” he claimed, and added, “Be it TTP or Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM); so long as they do not take the law into their own hands, the state will not use force.” 

Regarding the notification of the appointment of Director General ISI, Rasheed said Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry was in a better position to comment on that. 

He told the gathering that these were PM Imran’s instructions to make Islamabad Police high-tech. “The government has introduced Eagle Squad in less than a year,” the minister said, and informed that soon capital city’s air surveillance would be conducted through drones. 

He further said that the government had okayed the recruitment of 1, 000 youth in the Anti-Riot Force of the police. “Apart from that, a hefty amount of Rs400 million has been handed to Islamabad’s police stations,” he added. 

Reporter Saud Butt