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Deficit stricken, paralyzed Pakistan handed over to us: Sherry

03 April, 2008

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Sherry Rehman addresses a press conference at Bilawal House.
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KARACHI: Information minister Sherry Rehman has said incumbent government has been handed over deficit torn and paralyzed Pakistan.

Information Minister was addressing a press conference here Wednesday. She held 100-day plan was not a sheer paper plan and it would be implemented in letter and spirit. In this respect strict directives have been issued, she added.

"We are popular government and our problems are also enormous. People have also high hopes from us ", she remarked.

Country was facing a range of crisis including atta, electricity and economic crisis, she said adding power crisis had jammed wheels of economy. Industry is shut down and people are not getting jobs, she remarked.

She said that PPP co chairman Asif Ali Zardari wants national reconciliation and that is why he is holding talks with MQM however no decision has yet been made on their inclusion in the government. She said that all talks with MQM are being held with the due consultation of all allied parties

Asif Ali Zardari has led the party out of hard times , she maintained. PPP politics focuses on strengthening all political units, she added. 1973 constitution is symbol of federation and it was keeping the whole country united, she added.

PPP is the only party in the country which has representation in all the four provinces, she told. PPP is symbol of federation, she added. Benazir Bhutto is still alive as her ideology, vision, flag and leadership was still with us, she underlined.

Apologizing for the incident at Karachi airport with journalists she said that it was an unfortunate incident and the government wants cooperation of media as media is an institution, which identifies all positive and negative aspects of the government and holds them accountable. She added that a summary on Pemra black law has been forwarded to the law ministry

She said that the new government believes in the supremacy of parliament and independent judiciary.

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Punjabi Khan, Pakistan - 03 April, 2008

Deficit stricken

How much Sherry Rehman knows about economy, especially Pakistan.? This morning Defense Mininster said on PTV that President Musharraf's policies are good. If we look at the development in 8 years of the tenure of PML and President Musharraf the country has done very well. Looking at allocation government has steadily raised development spending in recent years, including a 52% real increase in the budget allocation for development in FY07, a necessary step towards reversing the broad underdevelopment of its social sector. Road network and progress in Sindh especially in Karachi possibily Sherry Rehman did not witness. How about progress in Punjab? Education standard has been raised in Punjab and so is the network of Roads. Its easy to criticise but must not forget when Nawaz Sharif left the country there was nothing in the treasury a deficit torn and paralyzed Pakistan and it took almost eight years to rebuilt the economy and attracted lot of foreign investors in Pakistan. No. 10 country on the list of progressive countries in the world with easy to come and investment policies laid down by President and Mr. Shauket Aziz ex-PM. One does not need too much ability to criticize.It would be good for Sherry Rehman to remain within her given tasks and let other talk about economy. Her job is not to discuss about the economy but to make sure that MEDIA IS INDEPENDENT AND NO ONE IS SENT IN JAIL AS IT WAS DONE DURING NAWAZ SHARIF AND BB'S TIME.



Mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 04 April, 2008

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