No difference in PM’s NA speech, reply in court: Khawaja


ISLAMABAD, Dec 14 (APP): Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad
Rafique Wednesday said there was no difference between what the
Prime Minister had stated in his speech in the National Assembly
and what he had apprised the court through his lawyer.
Talking to newsmen outside the Parliament House, he said
the name of Prime Minister Muhammad Sharif name was not mentioned
in the Panama Papers. But, he presented himself before the court to
keep things transparent, he added.
He said the government was not creating any hurdle in the
investigation of Panama Papers and it even had no issue if the matter
was discussed in the Parliament too.
The opposition, he said, was not sincere to have serious
discussion on the issue. It was rather hyping over the matter
just for its political survival.
The minister advised the PTI leadership to better concentrate
on the welfare of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where their party was
in government as they would get nothing for Panama Papers issue.
Khawaja Saad said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
leadership had always given sacrifices for democracy and would
continue doing the same in future to strengthen the democratic
He said for the continuity of the democratic process, the PML-N respected the people’s mandate given to the PTI even when its members had resigned from the National Assembly.
Though the PML-N was in a position to form its government in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the help of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, but it
respected the mandate of PTI given to it by the KP people,
he recalled.
He said the Pakistan Peoples Party and the PTI had failed to
deliver in Sindh and KP where they were in power.
He alleged Naeem Bukhari, PTI chief Imran Khan’s lawyer in
the Panama Papers case, had supported General Musharraf and he
even opposed the lawyers’ movement for the independence of judiciary.
The minister regretted that by tearing up the copies of
agenda the PTI Members of the National Assembly tried to damage
the image of Parliament.
Instead of doing politics of abuses, the PTI should behave
like a mature political party otherwise it would vanish from the
political secene, he added.
He said the PML-N was ready for dialogue with opposition at
all forums.