Shahbaz suffers from Zardari phobia: Khosa


Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, while speaking at an inauguration ceremony at the Lahore Expo Center, said that Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has suffered long from Zardari phobia.
Khosa said that the CM was unaware of the rule that the federation or the president were not bound to arrange for the general bodies elections; rather it was the duty of the provincial governments to make the arrangements in this regard.
The Punjab governor also said that the Punjab government was bound to make arrangements for the general bodies elections within 365 days, adding that the deadline had already expired.
He said that now the provincial government was using tactics to bring a new bill in the assembly to avail 180 more days to prepare for the elections, while stating that as the governor of the province he would stand against the bill.
Furthering his statement, he said that the local bodies system which was implemented in the Punjab at present was illegal and unconstitutional.
Khosa claimed that the rulers in Punjab were scared that the general bodies elections would expose their popularity.
He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was opposing the process of local elections due to the fear of defeat.
He added that his party would continue consultations with their allies on Local Bodies Ordinance in Sindh.
While referring to the Indian Minister for External Affairs S. M. Krishna’s visit to Pakistan‚ he said the relaxation in the visa regime and trade was in the interests of both the neighboring countries.