Islamabad, July 30, 2020: Addressing the media in the parliament, Parliamentary Leader of the PPP in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman lambasted the federal government over its incompetence and said, “The opposition is in no mood to indulge the federal government. They can arrest whoever they want, they can make a new Pakistan. The Opposition in Pakistan has no conditions from them”.
“This government has politicized everything and is practicing illiberal values at the same time. They requested us to help them on few Bills as they wanted to speed up the process. Normally this would have been done five months ago through the standing committees but they disregarded all deadlines. We have no idea how they are running the country,” she added.
Criticising the government for undermining the sanctity of the parliament, Senator Rehman said that, “The Federal government does not know how to use the parliament nor the parliamentary committees. Not even for their own or the country’s benefit. They only know how to do politics of abuse, political disunity and division”.
“Supreme Court’s judgement on NAB has made things pretty clear and If they think we are asking for an NRO, then they are badly mistaken. Federal government is trying to make Pakistan into a police state and are hiding behind FATF. There are no powers to arrest at an investigative stage. You cannot arrest people for years and do their media trails outside. This is not how it’s done. On the other hand, their cronies with corruption charges are scot-free,” she said when speaking about NAB.
She added, “It was the Federal government which called us to discuss NAB and made these parliamentary committees. It was not done by the opposition. If changing the narrative was part of their plan, well now it has clearly backfired”.
She said, “We will work on any bill for Pakistan’s security with no conditions, but we won’t have our amendments arbitrarily thrown aside”.
Parliamentary Leader of the PPP in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman concluded by saying, “In the end, the country can only be run through the parliament and it is obvious that they cannot run the country. We have always said that when they want to run the country through a fair democratic manner, we will be there. But now we have no demands from them”.