PPP leader says disappointed by Mamnoon’s address

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Member of National Assembly (MNA) from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Shazia Marri on Wednesday said that the speech of President Mamnoon Hussain in the joint session of the parliament was disappointing as he had said nothing substantial in his address.

Talking to Editor of Pakistan Today Arif Nizami in his channel 24 talk show DNA, Shazia Marri said: “The president was supposed to talk about the performance of the government but he was handed over a written speech heaping praises on the government.”

According to Marri, the president started launching drone attacks against the opposition parties in his address instead of criticising the drone strikes by the United States.

Another panelist, defence analyst General (r) Ghulam Mustafa said that Pakistan should abolish the office of president as it has become redundant.

“The role of President House has no utility now therefore the allocated annual budget of Rs 1 billion for the Presidency must be used for the welfare of the people,” he said.

Talking about the performance of the government, Shazia Marri said that the incumbent government did not get any benefit from the GSP Plus status as Pakistan’s textile exports have decreased significantly. She added that the agriculture sector is also not in the priority list of the government.

She was of the view that the activities of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan are dubious as he was reportedly conducting secret meetings with the army chief.