PML-N stronger together, all rifts exaggerated, says Rashid

  • Says personal differences between party workers should not been seen as dissent within party
  • Says electricity, security and many other issues have been contained under Nawaz Sharif

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Sunday said all the PML-N workers, including ministers, have full confidence in the party leadership and policies.

Talking to reporters at the launch of Electronic Media Producers’ Rights Association (EMPRA), he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was united on the government policies and party decisions as envisaged by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Responding to a query, Pervaiz Rashid said any personal differences between two or three party workers at local level should not been seen as dissent within the party. The media, he added, should see such a petty matter in its true perspective.

The minister said the country was faced with multiple challenges of energy crisis, law and order situation in Karachi, terrorism, and economic problems after the 2013 general election. The PML-N government after coming to power adopted better policies and achieved enviable success on all fronts.

He said the people had to face 20-hour electricity load shedding every day and even WAPDA offices were attacked by angry mobs in 2013. Today the load shedding had been reduced to the minimum.

Pervaiz Rashid said the government had achieved great success in the war against terror. The minister said there were times when the people of Karachi could not celebrate anything. Today the law and order situation in the mega city had improved and the people and the business community had heaved a sigh of relief.

About the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States, the Information Minister said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had always safeguarded the national interests at all world forums. He would take up issues like regional peace and stability, and fight against terrorism, besides bilateral relations on economic and political fronts in his meeting with the US President Barack Obama.

To a query, the minister said Pakistan might demand the world powers to play their due role in the war against terror as it had already given more sacrifices than its due share.

Regarding election code of conduct violations by the PTI candidate in NA 122 by-polls in expenses, the minister said if any violations had been committed by the candidates, the Election Commission should take notice of the same.

About the PTI’s claims of election irregularities in NA-122 by-polls, the Information Minister asked how the PTI candidate for the provincial assembly won the PP-147 by-polls.

Now Imran Khan should support the PML-N government in eradicating terrorism, overcoming energy outages, improving law and order situation in Karachi and improving economy, he said, adding that the PTI leadership should criticise the government for its mistakes and propose remedies in the Parliament.

Earlier, addressing the EMPRA office-bearers, the minister called upon the producers from the various media houses to exercise “restraint and caution” while breaking a news story as it could cause irreparable loss to the reputation of a person or an institution, besides causing heart-burn to some individuals.