Nawaz saving Musharraf, claims Khursheed Shah
23 October, 2013
PESHAWAR: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said on Tuesday that former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had spared Nawaz Sharif in the past and now the prime minister was returning the favour.
Talking to reporters at the residence of former provincial president of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Syed Zahir Ali Shah, he said the judiciary at that time provided a platform to Musharraf, adding that the judges of the superior courts always supported dictators. Earlier, he attended a meeting of the People's Students Federation (PSF).
The PPP leader said the All Parties Conference had authorised the government to initiate a dialogue with militants, but no practical step in this regard had been taken so far.
He said the military leadership had clearly stated that they would respect whatever decision was made by the civilian set-up. He said the government should start the negotiation process to restore peace in the country. Without naming anyone but making a clear reference to the PML-N leadership, he said the support and care for a single province in the ongoing war against terrorism would be considered as a conspiracy against the other federating units.
To a question about Dr Shakeel Afridi, he said all the decisions would be taken in accordance with the Constitution and in the larger interest of the country as Pakistan was not a slave of the US. He said the PPP would be reorganised throughout the country, adding that his party faced defeat in the 2013 general elections due to the past mistakes. The PPP leader, who reportedly tried to woo the party dissidents, witnessed the emotionally charged activists of the PSF at a function. They were chanting slogans against their opponents.
However, they ended the boycott after being assured that Khursheed Shah would also participate in their convention. The organisers of the PSF study circle had blocked the entry of their opponents into the main hall where the function was held. They chanted slogans in favour of their slain party leaders. The speakers, including provincial general secretary Humayun Khan, Senator Rubina Khalid, Prof Dost Mohammad Khan, Alamzeb Usmani, Malik Amjad Khan, Zohaib Butt, Fahim Khattak, Sheikh Hameed, Sahibzada Zulfiqar and Nighat Orakzai paid rich tributes to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Banners and posters carrying pictures of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari, Khursheed Shah, Humayun Khan and Faryal Talpur were displayed in the hall.The PPP office-bearers, who turned up at the residence of Zahir Ali Shah, criticised former deputy speaker of National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi, who they said was honoured and backed by the party leadership despite supporting the PTI candidate in the recent National Assembly by-elections in Tank district.