PPP wants elections to be held on time, says Khursheed Shah


MITHI: The Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah, said on Monday that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) wants polls to be conducted on time, though with the political crisis going on presently, early elections are a possibility.

Talking to the media in Malani House, Khursheed Shah said that the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif is now trying to get out of the Panama Papers disaster which he himself created.

He said that Sharif wanted his cases to be left hanging in the courts till the end of his tenure, but the Supreme Court went ahead and disqualified him, something that the then prime minister was possibly not prepared for.

He stated that he and Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan tried hard to help Sharif resolve the crisis in the parliament, but Nawaz Sharif never “gave any importance to the parliament.”

He also said that those who do not respect the parliament have no right to sit in it as well and that if the current political crisis worsens, holding of elections before time would not be completely unconstitutional.

Responding to a question about the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, Shah said that Khan, in his overconfidence is fast losing the popularity that he initially gained. He added that the PTI leader’s future is in doldrums due to his language and changing statements.

He claimed that the Grand Democratic Alliance would not be successful in giving a tough time to the PPP in the next elections as all such alliances have failed in the past.