LAHOE(November 23, 2013: Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for presenting a demonstration against drone strikes to stop Nato supplies and presenting dollars at the same time.
Federal Minister said Imran had better come up with a clear-cut stance on the serious issue “as the double standards of his party will not work”.
Rashid claimed that the Punjab chief minister had, in the past, refused US aid for his province.
Speaking to reporters at a ceremony here on Saturday, Rashid said: “On the one hand, PTI’s KP government receives $370 million to run different development works, and on the other hand it wants to stop the supplies of around 50 Nato countries fighting in Afghanistan. Is it a fair deal (Imran) Khan sahab,” he asked.
“If you are serious and sincere with your cause, stop receiving dollars,” Rashid taunted the PTI chief.
“Our brotherly country Turkey is also a member of Nato. Do we want to annoy it? We don’t want to create problems for millions of Pakistanis living in European countries, which make up a major part of Nato,” the minister said.
He asked the PTI chief to admit in public that his government in the KP was receiving dollars from the US.
“His heart beats with the Taliban, but his sword ‘allies’ with the Americans,” Pervaiz Rashid again taunted Imran’s act of staging the demonstration.
To a question, he said all PTI leaders, who were once part and parcel of dictator Musharraf’s team, during whose rule drone attacks started hitting the tribal belt, have now surrounded Imran Khan and are making a hue and cry over the drone issue.
The minister made it clear that the federal government would intervene in the mater whenever required.
He reiterated the stance of the PML-N government on drone strikes, saying that they were not acceptable at any cost. At the same time, the minister also made it clear that those people (an indirect reference to Taliban and other groups operating in the tribal belt) were also not acceptable who were using Pakistani soil to attack other countries. “We need to get rid of them as soon as possible. They have killed our soldiers and innocent people,” explained the minister.
Pervaiz Rashid said not only were drones violating the country’s territorial sovereignty but also those who were involved in attacking other countries from Pakistan’s soil. “We should condemn both,” he added.
He said Pakistan did not want to fight with any country nor any group including the US and the Taliban to get its concerns addressed. It believes that talks and diplomatic channels are the best way to deal with such issues, he added.
In the 21st century, Pervaiz said, we cannot move ahead in hostility, adding that Europe had gone way ahead in development by maintaining peace but Pakistan had wasted years in futile fighting.
Meanwhile, about the use of Article 6 against Musharraf’s aides, the minister said the matter was in the court and the law would take its own course.
The minister refused to comment when asked on the future of NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement in the NICL case, in which the court ordered the bureau to register a case against him. He also did not offer any comments when asked what role would be given to Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani after his retirement.
“Today is the off-day of the government functionaries, so I will not comment on these issues today,” Rashid added.
Earlier, the minister participated in the certificate distribution ceremony, organised by the Women’s Media Centre (WMC).
The centre imparted five days training to students of different educational institutions, studying media, about reporting, editing, etc. WMC Director Ms Fouzia Shaheen also spoke on the occasion.