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KARACHI: Leader of the Oppo­si­tion in the National Assembly Syed Khur­shid Shah said on Friday a leader from Sindh would have been declared a traitor had he or she uttered what Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said in response to a tweet in which chief of the Inter-Services Public Rela­tions (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had “rejected” a notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

The senior PPP leader was referring to a statement in which the interior minister had said: “I believe that tweets, sent out by whichever institution, are a deadly poison for Pakistan’s democracy, our system and justice... Institutions should not address each other through tweets.”

Talking to media personnel after attending a meeting at the Sindh Secretariat, Mr Shah said that Chaudhry Nisar tended to get away even after issuing very controversial statements.

Urges opposition parties to unite on one platform

Answering a question about some remarks made recently by Governor Mohammad Zubair, Mr Shah said it did not behove the Sindh governor to give political statements. “The governor should not act as if he is ‘more loyal to the king than the king himself’,” he said.

“The governor has violated the rules of his office. We want a neutral governor... he should resign first before indulging in politics.”

In response to another question, the opposition leader said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should explain to the nation what he had discussed with Indian businessman Sajjan Jindal at a secret meeting in Murree recently.

“At times inviting [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi and at others meeting Jindal in secret. It should be made explicitly clear whether Prime Minister Sharif is with Pakistan or with its enemies,” said Mr Shah.

He said that as the country’s chief executive Mr Sharif was privy to a lot of facts and events. “Therefore it is obligatory for him to tell the nation what he discussed with Jindal.”

The senior PPP leader said that Mr Sharif was in no position to decide about the fate of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. “Nawaz Sharif can delay the hanging of Kulbhushan but he cannot stop it.”

He was of the opinion that Mr Sharif had lost the moral high ground and should resign from his office immediately.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, he said, had become a ‘security risk’ and the opposition parties should unite on a single platform.

Although in the last general elections the people gave Mr Sharif the mandate to eliminate loadshedding as soon as possible, the country was facing a power shortfall of up to 7,000MW now.

He claimed that in the four years since coming to power, the PML-N government had added only about 1,200MW to the national grid. In contrast the PPP-led government enhanced electricity production by about 3,500MW.

Published in Dawn, May 6th, 2017