‘Gilani’s US visit earned bad name for Pakistan’

PML-Q president says there is no govt in country
By Asim Yasin

ISLAMABAD: PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has questioned the claim of good governance of the PPP-led coalition government, saying no government existed in the country.

“It is for the second time that the Pakistan People’s Party made a futile effort to sabotage the ISI,” he said while addressing a conference of the PML-Q provincial information secretaries here on Friday at the PML Secretariat. ìThe government has miserably failed even to achieve one objective during its first 100 days.î

Shujaat said the PPP’s history was fraught with controversial decisions. “The conspiracy to make the institutions of national security controversial would be foiled with the cooperation of the nation,” he added.

Shujaat further said that Prime Minister Gilani had completely failed to present the nation’s viewpoint before the United States and earned a bad name for the country. He said there was no government at all and no one knew who was actually running the country. He criticised the government for false pledges made to the people before the polls, saying the PPP-led government had drastically failed in its first 100 days to make an impact on a single person.

The nation is stunned that decisions of national interest are being taken outside Pakistan, in Dubai and London, he added. Ch Shujaat said the government had made tall claims about good governance and accountability but the fact was that both the PPP and the PML-N had embarked on the victimisation of political workers on a massive scale in the Punjab and Sindh.

He said the opposition had already decided that no member would accompany the official entourage in protest against the ongoing political victimisation of political opponents. To a question, he said the PML-Q would be reactivated and for that purpose a decision was made to hold a meeting of the provincial information secretaries. He said the PML-Q would soon appoint secretary information and media coordinator at district level.

Ch Shujaat said that his party would continue to criticise the shortcomings of the present government and remind it time and again of its false promises. He said that print and electronic media had a vital role to play in the present scenario and they shouldn’t be afraid to point out the mistakes of the government.

He said that his party believed in the freedom of expression and during its five-year tenure, it took numerous steps for the welfare and well being of the journalist community. He urged the PML-Q media team and its tributary offshoots to become more vibrant and dynamic and to make concerted efforts to focus on injustices of the present regime.

He said that his party had issued four fact sheets on subjects of victimisation of the party workers in Sindh, the 100-day performance of the government, the trade policy and the PM’s recent visit to the US.

Another fact sheet regarding the price-hike before the arrival of the month of Ramzan, is also in the offing, he said. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, addressing on the occasion, said unlike the PPP and the PML-N, which made decisions about the nation’s fate in London and Dubai, the PML-Q and its leadership would prefer to stay among the people.

PML-Q’s Central Information Secretary Senator Tariq Azeem emphasised the need for more interaction with the media organisations. He said that decisions were being made outside parliament and no effort was made to inform the general public on matters of national importance. He pointed out that the statement of Defence Minister Ch Ahmed Mukhtar on alleged ISI connections with the Taliban was issued at the behest of external elements.

“The Senate would convene its session on August 4 and the PM should grab this opportunity to inform the nation about his talks with the US officials,” he demanded. Provincial information secretaries Kamil Ali Agha, Neghat Orakzai, SR Nasir, Haleem Adil Sheikh, PML office-bearers, Imtiaz Ahmed Ranjha, Syed Mehmood Hashmi, MNA Marvi Memon, Commander (retd) Khalilur Rehman, Farzana Malik, Mustafa Malik, and Furrukh Khan were also present on the occasion.

Source: The News, 2/8/2008

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