Govt to change decades-old system despite obstacles, says Naeemul Haque


LAHORE: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque on Tuesday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is committed to changing the decades-old system despite the obstacles that it is facing.

Addressing a press conference, he said that PM Khan and the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar are annoyed over the Sahiwal incident. Giving reference of the Model Town carnage and the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud, Haque said that the PTI government is striving to bring real change in the country to protect the people of Pakistan. “Our struggle is for changing the current system not fighting against anyone,” he maintained. The government is committed to changing this non-delivering system at all costs so as to ensure justice and restoration of public confidence in the government, he added. PM’s Special Assistant mentioned that despite all odds, the government brought drastic changes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police system.

To a question, he explained that in the Model Town carnage, the then government’s direct orders were involved, while in Sahiwal incident no such factor was found. Demand for giving a 30-day extension to the joint investigation team (JIT) on Sahiwal incident was totally unacceptable, he said, asserting that officials of Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) were guilty as they opened fire on an innocent family. Naeemul Haq assured that after the presentation of the Sahiwal JIT report, the government would take exemplary measures and ensure that such incidents do not happen in future. He said that PTI Additional Secretary Ejaz Chaudhry would also perform his responsibilities in Punjab as well.

To another question, he said that the prime minister was being properly informed about Islamic State (IS), however, there was no such danger in Pakistan.

He said that PM Khan will attend the National Assembly (NA) budget session on Wednesday where Finance Minister Asad Umar will present a mini-budget. Despite huge challenges and economic constraints, he said, PTI was managing to run the government affairs.

To another question, he said that decision to appoint Shehbaz Sharif as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was taken to break the political log-jam and initiate legislation process in the parliament.