–SAPM urges India to reconsider policies towards Kashmiris
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday said that lawmakers in Punjab, including those belonging to the government’s allied parties, have expressed confidence in the leadership of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
Addressing a press conference in Sialkot, she refuted reports about the existence of a forward bloc in Punjab government, saying that the chief minister had met with provincial lawmakers and had heard them out and reassured them that their issues would be resolved. “After the chief minister’s reassurance, they expressed confidence in the leadership of Usman Buzdar,” she added.
“Our coalition partners are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the government. Whether it is the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) or other political parties, they are determined to put the country on the road to progress,” she said, adding that this is “surely not good news for ‘trend-setters’ and ‘agenda-setters’ in the media and in the opposition”.
“Ultimately, the people’s government is answerable to the people. Eventually, through the prime minister’s reform agenda, you will see that each new day will bring some betterment to the country and each attack by the opposition to make the government fail, will backfire,” she added.
She also said called on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif to play his constitutional role in legislating because the people of the country want Pakistan to progress and for this purpose, it is necessary that parties that have been given a mandate by the people for five years play their role.
“Instead of speaking out against the government, and trying to lead the people astray, the opposition should fulfill their role in parliament and help the government in legislating,” she added.
Talking about India’s Republic Day, which was observed as a black day on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), she said that India’s illegal actions to suppress the freedom struggle of Kashmiris will not yield any positive results.
“Minorities are being targeted in India and the international community is now wary of India’s status as a so-called secular state,” she said while urging India to reconsider its policies towards the people of Kashmir.
She reaffirmed Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support to the valiant Kashmiris in their just struggle for human dignity and their inalienable right to self-determination. She also urged the elected lawmakers to play their role in this regard.