PTI to form next govt in
Sindh; says Sheikh Rashid

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RAWALPINDI – Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Saturday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would form government in Sindh after next general elections in 2023.

Talking to media here he said, PTI had won the AJK election with overwhelming majority and going to form its government in AJK. The Party already had its governments in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Puktunkhawa, Balochistan and Punjab. He further informed that the Prime Minister Imran Khan would announce the names of the Prime Minister and AJK Cabinet members.

The PTI government would complete its constitutional term, he said, adding, the party was gaining more strength day by day. To a question he said, “We want to install 190 CCTV cameras. In order to make surveillance of all areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, 500 cameras should be installed as both the cities are very sensitive.” 

Pakistan had a long and strong relationship with China and no world power could create misunderstanding between the two countries, he said adding, Pakistani nation is committed to relations with China as it is a time-tested and trusted friend of Pakistan. Some world powers were trying to create misunderstandings between Pakistan and China to sabotage China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project but, the CPEC route would be completed at all cost, he added.  

To another question he said, the taxi drivers who were detained in the case of daughter of Afghan Ambassador, had been released as they were innocent and not involved in any kidnapping case. There was no evidence against them, he added.

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Sheikh Rashid Ahmed addressing workers of Municipal Corporation of Rawalpindi during the oath taking ceremony of its union (CBA) at Rawalpindi Arts Council.

To a question the minister said, the lockdown decision of Sindh government would not benefit it. Sindh government should impose smart lockdown to control spread of coronavirus as it had given desired results. The world had also appreciated the smart lockdown concept of Imran Khan, Sheikh Rashid said. 

He urged the citizens to follow the instructions of the health authorities and SOPs announced by NCOC to contain spread of coronavirus. All possible precautionary measures should be adopted to stay safe, he added. Replying to a question Interior Minister said, “We had given all the record of the investigation, video recordings and evidences to the Foreign Office.”

Referring to the firing incident of Friday, outside ‘Lal Haveli’, he said, “We had faced such circumstance earlier. My five neighbors lost their lives while protecting my life.”

The minister said, “We have done a lot of work for education in Rawalpindi and striving to make it a city of the universities.”  Two women universities were established in Rawalpindi while another college for women (Waqar-un-Nisa) was going to be made third women university, he said. 

‘Youm-e-Istehsal’

Sheikh Rashid on Monday has announced to observe two years of scrapping special status of Occupied Kashmir on August 5 as ‘Youm-e-Istehsal’ across Pakistan.

Talking to media, the minister said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is fighting the war of reconciliation and resistance. All the narratives of PML-N have gone wasted, he added.

Sheikh Rashid said that the power-hungry opposition leaders are not getting desired appreciation from the nation. PML-N is getting affected due to its own ineffective policies, he stated. 

Earlier, Sheikh Rashid said complete lockdown in Sindh will be damaging. Provincial government should emulate Prime Minister Imran Khan’s policy of smart lockdown which has also got worldwide recognition, he added.

The Interior Minister said some forces are involved in conspiracies to undermine the CPEC and Pakistan-China relations. He, however, said these elements will not succeed in their evil designs as Pak-China relationship is higher than the Himalayas.