LAHORE: Political adviser to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan, Ejaz Chaudhry said on Monday that factions within political parties cannot be eliminated entirely, it is through a structured mechanism that they can come together to work effectively as a unit.
Chaudhry was addressing a press conference at the PTI’s office on Monday. He said there were differences of opinion in all political parties.
Local government elections in September will be a tough competition between only two political parties- the PTI and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Chaudhry said.
The PTI is confident about the result of the NA-122 rigging probe, he said. “Even Ayaz Sadiq knows that.”
He said the way the government had used state machinery to alter the results of the 2013 general elections was “injustice of the worst kind”.
He criticised the government for failing to bring reforms to solve the problems of farmers in the province. He also expressed reservations against the on-going tussle between the Sindh government and the federal government regarding the energy crisis. “Those heading government should be ashamed that they are placing a futile blame game ahead of their responsibility of solving issues troubling the masses.”
Chaudhry said institutions must work within their mandated framework. He said unless a parliament authorised institutions to do otherwise, they should avoid transgressing their jurisdiction. “That goes for the army as well.”
Commenting on threats by traders to go on a strike in the wake of new taxes, he said the government should first prepare people for taxes. “The parliament is the best place to discuss this.”
PTI’s Yasmin Rashid criticised the government for failing to provide basic health facilities to people and, instead, focusing resources on Metro Bus projects. She said the government had failed to put a check on infant and maternal mortality rates despite having committed to the Millennium Development Goals. “Health has never been a priority of this government. They can never bring about change if they can’t improve basic health facilities.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2015.