Opposition leaders 'not fit' to attend royal banquet: Fawad

Published: February 16, 2019
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. PHOTO: APP

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. PHOTO: APP

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday said opposition parties were snubbed for the Saudi crown prince’s banquet as their leaders are either in jail or out on bail.

Yesterday, the government had decided not to invite opposition leaders at the official banquet to be hosted for Prince Mohammad bin Salman at the Prime Minister House on February 17.

Chaudhry spoke out on Twitter, saying that,”How can we invite them [opposition leaders] to the event, their main leaders are either behind bars or out on bail.”

Opposition ‘not invited’ to banquet in honour of Saudi crown prince

The federal minister added that none of their leaders are “of the stature to attend such an event.”

Chaudhry said there is a dearth of a real opposition in Pakistan which is detrimental to the country’s politics.

Opposition leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, Asif Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari have not been invited to the dinner.

The move, the sources said, has been taken owing to poor relations between the government and the opposition, as well as pending inquiries against the PTI government’s political rivals.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Shafiq Janjua
    Feb 16, 2019 - 8:44PM

    Fawad is the Man who said recently that a strict action will be taken against hate spreaders.
    His statement ” Opposition leaders ‘not fit’ to attend royal banquet” should be considered the first one to go against by the government as in our opinion this iis the most insulting and the worst to initiate hate among natives. Recommend

  • Anwar Hasnat
    Feb 17, 2019 - 10:12AM

    A bad move by an inexperienced Government and a hostile minister. Opposition good or bad must be respected. Recommend

  • Aamir Rajkhan
    Feb 17, 2019 - 12:49PM

    Fawad is quite correct. The Sharif brothers are suffering from all manner of ailments (as they well claim) and doesn’t our good pal AZ suffer from dementia ? So you tell me, isn’t he doing a big favor for these individuals to relax elsewhere ?Recommend

  • ashraf pervez
    Feb 17, 2019 - 2:39PM

    fawad is 100% correct in what he saying, opposition leaders not fit to attend royal banquet as they are either banged up behind bars or they are on bail, and it wont be long before the other 4 are behind bars in the near future, people need to stop hating on the new goverment as they are doing the best job in the history of pakistan.Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 17, 2019 - 2:57PM

    He is absolutely right. Recommend

  • Zaffar
    Feb 18, 2019 - 1:32AM

    I agree with FC.

    Really there is no stature anywhere to be seen. Zaradrai, NS, SS are paindu at the best. They either use the occasiosn to ask for personal favours or flirt .Recommend

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