Saad Rafique’s statement did not warrant strong reaction from DG ISPR: Khursheed Shah

Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah in a media briefing on Friday stated that Railway Minister Saad Rafique’s statement did not warrant a strong reaction from the army spokesperson, Maj General Asif Ghafoor.

Khursheed Shah remarked that he has gone through Saad’s statement and could not find anything that was irresponsible. “I read through Rafique’s statement and nothing in that prompted a huge response from Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR). The army’s words have a lot of weight and he shouldn’t have reacted that way.”

Moreover, Shah said that the parliament must complete its tenure and the general elections should take place on time.“We, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) don’t want to distance ourselves from other political parties. We want politics, peace and sustainable democracy in Pakistan,” he noted.

He stressed over the importance of accommodation in politics and mentioned that PPP is a mature party and will continue to uphold the democratic system through and through.

Khursheed Shah also said that the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan have the right over ongoing projects of CPEC and they shouldn’t be left behind economically. “They’re taxpayers and they aren’t being rewarded. G-B deserves more.”

Responding to a question over Shehbaz Sharif’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, the opposition leader said that he has massive respect for the land on religious grounds, however, Pakistan is a nuclear state and must follow its own rule of law rather than being dictated by any other nation. “We have our own Constitution, we should decide for ourselves. It pains me to see that we are knocking on others’ doors to get backing,” he maintained.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday noted that his statement earlier regarding the army was misquoted by the media and those creating misunderstanding among institutions are enemies of the country.

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