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RGST bill, Nawaz accuses PML-Q of helping govt

QUETTA: News Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has assailed the PML-Q for walking out of the Senate, saying that it had paved the way for the government to get recommendations on the reformed GST bill approved by the upper house of parliament.

nawaz-sharif-news-pakistan“They (PML-Q) had to vote against the RGST bill, instead of merely criticising it outside parliament,” Mr Sharif said at a press conference after presiding over a meeting of his party here on Saturday.

He alleged that some opposition parties, which had no agenda or ideology, were serving their own interests, instead of the country and the nation.

The PML-N chief said he had written to President Asif Ali Zardari a letter suggesting measures to improve the political and economic situation in the country.

He said that although he had received a response from the government assuring him that the suggestions would be positively considered, his party would wait what steps the government took in this regard.

“We would have to put our own house in order and stop tax thefts before imposing new taxes. There will be no need of any grant from any country if we ensure transparency in taxation,” he added.

He warned that the government should correct things before the masses took to the streets.

“We have laid a foundation of positive politics and we want to continue this trend in the larger interest of the country and the nation.”

Mr Sharif blamed former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf for the current unrest in Balochistan. “Balochistan has been mishandled, which resulted in deteriorating the situation.”

He said that military operations in the past had created a sense of deprivation among the people of the province.

“It is irony that Gen Musharraf is still saying that he will adopt the same policy in Balochistan if he comes to power,” the former prime minister said, adding that it meant that the general would target another Baloch leader in future.

He said that peace of the country was linked with Balochistan’s stability.

He expressed concern over the killing of missing persons and said that this was unacceptable in the 21st century.

“Efforts should be made to get issues resolved through dialogue and political means.”

Mr Sharif said that not only Punjab but the entire country was the victim of terrorism, adding that all political forces should work together to cope with this menace.

In reply to a question about drone strikes, he said these had been allowed by the Musharraf government.

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