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PPO unacceptable to opposition: Khursheed

04 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah terming the Pakistan Protection Ordinance as an anti protection ordinance has said that it would not be accepted by the opposition.

Talking to media here in his chambers on Tuesday Khursheed Shah said 18th amendment would not be reviewed, nor any compromise would be made on provincial autonomy. He said there are some legal lacunas in 18th amendment and we are ready to sit with the govt for its improvement adding that we would not allow it to be rolled back.

Expressing concern over removal of Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik Khursheed Shah said his removal is a form of new rigging and he was removed when thumb print verification is being carried out. The Election Commission should come forward and force the government to take back this decision.

He also severely criticized government over inflation and said the inflation rate had entered into double digit of 11percent while during our tenure it was 7.6, forex reserves are at the lowest ever ebb, and the government had printed Rs. 800 billion in its 6 months while in 2012 we printed 480 billion.

Khursheed Shah said petrol prices were going down worldwide, but were sky rocketing in Pakistan which was not understandable.

In response to a question he said that PTI has made no contact with us regarding their protest on Dec 5th in front of Parliament House regarding drone attacks.

He said the issue of missing persons is between PM, COAS and intelligence agencies and all efforts should be made to recover these missing persons. He said no one should be picked up without a legal cause

Regarding NICL Judgment Khursheed Shah said the party as well as Amin Fahim is reviewing the judgment.

Regarding Local Bodies Polls he said that Election Commission should fix date March 15th as date for holding LB polls and should take written assurance from provinces that elections would be held by this time so that confusion is ended

He welcomed the government money whitening initiative and said that when we wanted to take this decision during our tenure the PML-N was against it.

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