ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister really delivered, and he was no comparison to his commitment, dedication and service to the nation.
In his interaction with reporters at the PM Office in Islamabad, the prime minister said in reply to question that he as the prime minister giving much time and attention to the Office as compared to his predecessor, Khaqan Abbasi said it was not the duration of time that mattered but the quality of work that Nawaz Sharif did.
To a question about the Memogate whether in his opinion the appearance of Nawaz Sharif before the Commission or the sacking of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was justified, Abbasi said approaching the Court was the right of every person and it was up to the court to decide the case whatever it deemed correct.
The prime minister said it was a worldwide and open debate to discuss the perks and privileges of judges and stressed the need for the similar debate in Pakistan as well.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi father said the government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was the only government that did not face any charge of corruption in its five-year tenure.
“The government is functioning with full transparency and there is no stain on its credibility,” he said.
The prime minister said the people had given mandate to PML-N to stay in office till July 1 and expressed firm confidence that the government would complete its term, and the election would be held on time.
“The government faces no threat and will continue till July 1, and not a single second earlier,” the prime minister categorically said.
PM Khaqan said the PML-N always addressed the challenges head-on, adding that if anyone had courage, they had the option to bring a no-confidence motion against the prime minister or he himself had the powers to dissolve the National Assembly.
Khaqan Abbasi said PML-N had numerous milestones to its credit including overcoming electricity and gas crises and expansion of country-wide road network.
“We will get back to people in 2018 general election with proof of these achievements,” he said and regretted that in the past, General Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari during their tenures neglected the key development sectors of the country.
When attention was drawn towards the inattention of the government towards agriculture sector, the prime minister said though agriculture was a provincial subject under the 18th amendment of the Constitution, however the federal government still extended immense support on related issues.
The prime minister said provinces at the moment were enjoying their authority with little focus on their responsibilities and called for realizing and implementing the real spirit of 18th amendment. He mentioned that PML-N had carried out utmost development work in South Punjab as compared to previous governments.