Over 60 PML-N lawmakers ready to jump ship, claims Sheikh Rasheed

Published: October 25, 2017
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AML chief Sheikh Rasheed speaking at a joint press conference with MNA Jamshed Dasti in Multan on Wednesday. PHOTO: INP

AML chief Sheikh Rasheed speaking at a joint press conference with MNA Jamshed Dasti in Multan on Wednesday. PHOTO: INP

Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has claimed that more than 60 lawmakers were all set to part ways with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

Speaking at a joint press conference with MNA Jamshed Dasti in Multan on Wednesday, the AML leader said deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s party members were not happy with the policy of confrontation with the state institutions.

“Of these around 60 members of the National Assembly – 20 to 25 belong to the impoverished southern Punjab region.”

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Rasheed said today the word “Na Ahel” (disqualified) precedes  Sharif’s name throughout the world.

“No country had opposed Nawaz Sharif’s ouster [as the prime minister]… only Nawaz Sharif kept on asking ‘Mujhay Kyun Nikala’ [Why I was ousted],” he added.

Rasheed said the deposed premier did not even allow his younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, to head the party despite being disqualified from becoming a parliamentarian.

The biggest conspiracy against democracy, the AML chief said, were ‘five families’, adding that Shehbaz Sharif’s Hudaibiya Paper Mills case was the ‘mother of all crimes’, which if opened will sink the Sharif family.

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Rasheed went on to say the country was destroyed economically as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has practically shelved the ministry, adding that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was looking for a new finance minister.

He vowed to reveal more ‘important news’ in the upcoming Muzaffargarh and Multan rallies.

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