Former Minister Azam Khan Swati of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) on Tuesday termed the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) as “bogus” and “corrupt.”
Swati said that the government’s decision to cut down the budget for higher education by Rs30 billion to facilitate the BISP may benefit some people, but on the whole, will greatly harm the country.
He said that countries do not move forward on the basis of charity, but rather through advancements in science and technology, higher education and vocational training.
Swati was removed from the post of minister for science and technology after he had alleged former minister of religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi to be involved in the Hajj scam, which according to Interior Minister Rehman Malik included corruption worth Rs1.6 million.
In-house change possible
Speaking alongside Swati, JUI-F Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said that an in-house change is possible, if bigger parties like Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam (PML-Q) take some decision in this regard.
Haideri also blamed the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) for failing to fulfil its promises with its coalition partners.
Citing an example, Haideri said the PPP had gone back on its promise with the PML-N for the restoration of judges.
No decision on leaving provincial governments yet
JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said he has not yet decided whether or not to leave the Balochistan government.
Talking to the media at his residence alongside Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, the JUI-F chief said his party will reach some decision with mutual consultation for which the party's central executive committee meeting has been called tomorrow.
Rehman said his party left the federal government but quitting the decision to leave the provincial governments has yet not been taken.
Raisani said he does not feel any danger regarding change of his government. He said he does not care if his government is demolished.
Earlier, both the leaders had a meeting in which they discussed the current political situation in the country as well as political scenario of Balochistan.