Govt to get weaker by next budget: Sana

Published: January 2, 2019
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Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) that seems to be waiting for the perfect time to strike against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) thinks the government would be at its weakest within another six months.

Senior PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday said the PTI government, which was falling under its own weight, needed no opposition, adding that the financial situation of the country was deteriorating due to poor governance.

“By the next budget, the government would be at its weakest and could be toppled with a bare minimum effort from the opposition,” he said, adding that although the opposition wants the ruling party to complete its tenure, the Prime Minister Imran Khan-led cabinet doesn’t seem interested in competing its term.

He said that at this time the PML-N is only restructuring itself to remove inactive members and fill vacant posts. “We are gearing up for a possible movement against the government,” said the former law minister of Punjab, referring to the party’ plans of starting a fresh public contact drive.

He, however, clarified that the PML-N would not be running any movement alone, nor would it be an overnight decision, but there would be an all parties conference to bring opposition parties on one page.

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Sanaullah also denied that the party had decided to celebrate the Muslim League foundation day on December 30 with a grand ceremony.

He said the idea was initially floated to organise a convention in Lahore of MNAs, MPAs, election ticket holders and district heads— making it an 800 to 1,000-member gathering, adding that senior party leaders had opposed the proposal because it excluded public participation.

To a question about the absence of Hamza Shehbaz and Maryam Nawaz from the Lahore event, he said it was a low-profile ceremony which did not suit the stature of both the leaders.

PML-N leaders had earlier announced that the Muslim League foundation day would be celebrated with a grand convention in Lahore to launch a public contact drive.

However, the dynamics of the event changed after the arrest of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, turning it into an inconsiderable gathering.

Interestingly, MNA Javed Latif, giving a new reason, said the party feared the event could turn into a protest against the government due to which the idea was abandoned. “PML-N does not want to give PTI any scapegoat for its failures,” he said.

 

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  • Ghulam Nabi Mir
    Jan 2, 2019 - 9:28AM

    It is intriguing as to why a fresh JIT to investigate the Model Town Massacre is not being constituted in spite of the unambiguous orders of Supreme Court. The theory that an NRO is being given to PMLN is gaining credibility with each day’s delay.Recommend

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