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PTI to organise protest rallies against PIA, PSM privatisation

–Senator Azam Khan Swati formally nominated as party’s candidate for the slot of leader of opposition in Senate

–Party decides to launch a nationwide election campaign from April 29 by holding a large public rally in Lahore

 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) expressing concerns over the statement of a representative of the government on the privatisation of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) on Friday tasked PTI Sindh President Dr Arif Alvi to contact the PIA and Steel Mill Unions and organise protest rallies against the transfer.

The decision to hold the protest rallies was taken at the core committee meeting of the party chaired by PTI chief Imran Khan.

A spokesman of the PTI terming it a matter of national importance said the party made it clear that it won’t accept PIA and steel mill’s privatisation.

He added that it was a very serious matter and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) should leave it to the next government.

The spokesman further said the Punjab government was involved in “massive corruption just like the federal government”.

He said that the anti-corruption cell of the PTI had also been directed to reveal corruption scandals in Punjab. “The PTI reiterates its resolve to uproot corruption and in this regard, our anti-corruption cell would keep a check on the development projects of Punjab to reveal the ruling elite’s corruption and hold them accountable before the people,” he added.

Earlier, the meeting also formally nominated Senator Azam Khan Swati as the party’s candidate for the slot of leader of the opposition in Senate.

The meeting took exception to the decision made by the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leadership to nominate its candidate for the opposition leader’s slot without consulting with fellow parties on the opposition benches.

The core committee believed that the PPP’s decision to launch its candidate for the slot would be a major blow to the synergy among the opposition parties and a breach of the political norms.

“Nomination of the opposition leader in the upper house of the parliament is PTI’s right and the newly elected members have to finalize party affiliations till March 22,” the spokesman said.

The PTI, in the meeting, also decided to launch a nationwide election campaign from April 29 by holding a large public rally in Lahore.

In the meeting, the party’s successful membership drive was lauded and central leaders were directed to visit different regions.

Mian Abrar

The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He can be reached at [email protected]



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  1. Saeed said:

    What is wrong with PTI and Imran Khan??? PIA should be privatised RIGHT NOW! It is bleeding us dry! Anyone who has ever travelled PIA know how the staff is pathetic and are in fact the ones looting our country!!

    • Sameer said:

      I completely agree with you. However; KESC and PTCL privatised under similar stigma havent set any records either. I hope 1980s data can be re opened and the involved political intrusions severely punished that led to PIA and PSMs demise. These corrupt politicians are extremely smart. Trust me when I say that the corrupt in power will announce no one is willing to buy these depts and sell it to the lowest bidder; which will later turn out to be a an angraiz front man buying via an offshore company belonging to politicians who brought these state enterprises to their knees in the first place. Its a classic “loot the state to buy the state.”

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