PPP has no secret contacts with govt, says Sherry

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Sherry Rehman said on Wednesday that her party had no secret contacts with the government while Aitzaz Ahsan made it clear that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would have to step down to save the democratic system.

They said that the government and the premier had become controversial following the report of the Joint Investigation Team and it would be better for him to resign to avert a political crisis in the country.

“If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not resign, the country would be in the grip of a deep political crisis and his resignation would also expose the conspiracy which the government claimed,” said opposition leader in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan, Vice President PPP Parliamentarians Senator Sherry Rehman and Senator Farhatullah Babar while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

Aitzaz Ahsan said initial contacts were made with the other opposition parties for formulating a joint struggle inside and outside parliament to force the prime minister to resign.“The Senate session has been convened on Monday on the requisition of the opposition,” he said.

Aitzaz Ahsan said the Sharif family has looted the country as under a plan one son was sent to Saudi Arabia for the kickbacks and commission and the other to London to make the investment from this money. ‘The sons were sending Rs1.5 billion in the shape of gifts,” he said and added that through this move, the Sharif family was doing business and politics.

The opposition leader in the Senate said that Nawaz Sharif paid a tax of Rs477 from 1993 to 1996 and a tax receipt has been sent to the JIT.To a question about his earlier stance on the formation of the JIT, Aitzaz Ahsan said there were apprehensions that the JIT may not take an independent decision but now he appreciates the JIT for its report. He questioned the PML-N for resembling Nawaz Sharif with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and said there was no corruption case against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. ‘The conspiracy against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hatched by the army and judiciary and what message Nawaz Sharif wanted to give by pointing out the conspiracy,” he said.

To a question on the silence of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Aitzaz Ahsan refused to make any comment on the silence of Ch Nisar Ali Khan saying that “I will not make any comment on the silence of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan as I was already riding on his nerves.”

Vice President PPP Parliamentarians Senator Sherry Rehman said the Sharif family failed to provide money trail of their wealth and did not even give any money trail of UED 12 million.Senator Sherry Rehman denied any backdoor contacts with the PML-N and said the PPP believes that to save the democratic system, the prime minister will have to go.(The News)

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