MULTAN, Pakistan: The Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership had great respect for the Supreme Court, and added criticism on judiciary should be avoided.
While addressing a Press Conference at Railways Regional Office in Multan, Saad Rafique said each and every decision of the judiciary should be accepted by everyone.
Saad said the PML-N leadership had struggled for the restoration of independent judiciary and also underwent imprisonments. He mentioned that he himself underwent imprisonment and was lodged in Bahawalpur and Mianwali Jails.
The minster said the elements, who approached the Court for resolving political issues, were responsible for the current political situation in the Country. He said all institutions should have to work in their constitutional domains for the betterment of the Country.
Replying to a question about upcoming general elections, Saad Rafique said an impartial caretaker setup would be made with the consultation of not only opposition leadership but also all political parties having representation in the Parliament. He said the impartial caretaker setup, having confidence in all political parties, would ensure free and fair elections in the Country.
The railways minister said PML-N would win the coming general elections on the basis of its performance. He said as people knew very-well that which party had delivered and who had done the politics of allegations and lies.
In reply to another question regarding upcoming Senate elections, the minister rsaid some elements were trying to take seats more than their quota but PML-N would try to take all its seats as per quota with the help of its like-minded parties.
However, he mentioned, if someone took seats more than its quota, his politics would be exposed on March 4 and ultimately it would badly affect them in the general elections.
Responding to a query about privatization of Pakistan Railways, the minister said the government was not going to privatize Pakistan Railways but some trains would be outsourced to increase the revenue.
Saad Rafique said efforts were being made to increase the salaries of Railway Police employees but there were some budget issues, adding their demands were genuine as salaries of railway police was comparatively less than other police.