LAHORE: Terming the new provinces commission an election agenda of the incumbent government, Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanullah on Wednesday reiterated that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) will not be party to what he calls a “divert-attention-from-Zardari-corruption commission”.
The Punjab law minister was talking to the media in Lahore on the newly-formed commission for assessing and creating two new provinces in Punjab.
The PML-N, despite having passed the resolution for creating the south Punjab and Bahawalpur provinces itself in the Punjab Assembly, has refused to participate in the commission formed for the aforementioned purpose.
“This is a political agenda, an election agenda,” said Rana Sanaullah, adding, “We will not let this agenda be successful.”
Expressing immense displeasure upon Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) spokesperson Farhatullah Babar’s appointment as the chairman of the commission, Sanaullah accused Babar of, for the past five years, “lying profusely while sitting in the Presidency” and “providing clarification after every corruption charge (against Zardari)”.
The law minister claimed that Babar worked to “defend (President Asif Ali) Zardari’s corruption”.
“We will reject this divert-attention-from-Zardari-corruption commission,” he added.
When asked what kind of commission Punjab wants, Sanaullah said, “A national commission, one that is formed by the leader of the house, that is the prime minister (Raja Pervaiz Ashraf), in consultation with the leader of the opposition.”
The commission, according to its representatives present in the first session held the previous day, comprises representation of all political parties and all provinces. Yet the PML-N refuse to participate in its proceedings.
Earlier, during its first session, commission representatives including Farhatullah Babar, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Farooq Sattar and Member National Assembly (MNA) Jamshed Dasti had repeatedly requested the PML-N to participate in the proceedings.
They said that it was a matter of giving the people of south Punjab their rights which they had been deprived of for the last 64 years and it was a sad affair that the PML-N refused to be a part of this historic opportunity.
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