Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2019
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PM Imran Khan dismisses possibility of presidential system

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan dismissed on Friday news regarding imminent imposition of presidential system in the country, saying that no thought has been put into any such idea.

Prime Minister Imran Khan while talking to senior journalists said that there existed a need for experts, which is why unelected people were made a part of the Cabinet.

“Asad Umar is still a part of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government,” said the prime minister about the former finance minister, who was replaced by Dr Adviser Hafeez Shaikh.

Imran Khan said that the opposition was trying pressurize the government in order to obtain the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), adding that no one will get the NRO as the government believes in independent judiciary and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

“I do not care about my premiership but will not sign another national reconciliation ordinance (NRO).”

He said that the government would hold consultations with the opposition when it comes to legislation, as it is related to people not politics. He said that it is yet to be seen that how much opposition cooperates when it comes to tabled bills for legislation, as it is related to people not politics.

To a question, the prime minister said that intelligence reports suggest that some members of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) have received funds from abroad.

The prime minister said that more changes in the federal cabinet will be made in the coming days, adding that the ministers who would perform will be part of the federal cabinet and others will have to go.

I will appoint honest and hardworking people when and from where ever I found, he said.

To a question regarding inclusion of unelected people in the cabinet, Imran Khan said, “I need to show performance, adding that it doesn’t matter if someone is elected or unelected.” “Technical people are being included in the cabinet where there were no experts.”

The premier went on to say that former finance minister Asad Umar is an asset and he will be a part of the federal cabinet again. “I will attend the National Assembly session on Monday,” he added.

“In 2016, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Ayyan Ali’s bills were being paid by the same accounts. Are these cases made up by me,” asked the prime minister while referring to the ongoing accountability process in the country.

“I was asked to make an inquiry commission for alleged election rigging and I did that, but the opposition did not even show up for the making of the commission.”

PM Imran further claimed that he felt ashamed to sit in the National Assembly because of the unsavoury language used by opposition. “I am unable to comprehend what happens in the Parliament. For eight months, there has only been conflict there.”


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