MULTAN: Calling the government move to create more provinces a ‘political bluff’, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday that the incumbents of the Prime Minister House wanted to score political points.
“Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani may dupe the people of south Punjab, but he cannot fool the Supreme Court,” Qureshi said while addressing a public gathering in Multan where former political figures announced joining the PTI.
He added that the administration would not be able to escape the NRO despite all its ‘lame excuses’ that it was planning to present before the apex court.
Qureshi warned of a ‘severe law and order situation’ in the country, if the government continued to ignore the Supreme Court orders. He alleged that the ‘corrupt’ government was dilly-dallying on implementing the court verdicts because it wanted to amass as much wealth as it could before its ouster from power.
Prime Minister Gilani doesn’t care for people’s problems, he is only interested in spending their hard-earned money to get his son elected from the NA-148 constituency in the next election, the PTI leader claimed. “Change in Pakistan is only possible, if the PTI comes into power,” he said.
Referring to the lack of consensus among the coalition partners on the issue of creating new provinces, Qureshi said the government should first put its own house in order before thinking about addressing people’s issues.
Referendum is the only way to settle this issue, like India did in its Punjab region, he said. “The Pakistan Peoples Party is no longer the party with a unique ideology, today it has been reduced to a Zardari league.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 8th, 2012.
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