Situation in country contrary
to “Riyasat-e-Madina;
says Shahbaz Sharif

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ISLAMABAD: On behalf of the joint opposition, Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif has warned the government that it would raise the voice of the masses against ‘backbreaking inflation’ in the country.

“We [Opposition] will go every nook and corner to stand with the poor masses and become their voice,” said Shahbaz Sharif at the National Assembly’s session. The opposition members apparently took part in the proceedings with intentions to stage a protest.

The opposition members were carrying anti-government slogans and raised slogans when PPP-P’s parliamentary leader Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was not given a floor to speak on inflation. The chair preferred to give floor to Minister for Communication Murad Saeed, which prompted the opposition to stage a protest.

The opposition members, with the planning, left the house and one of them [MNA Khuram Dastagir] pointed out lack of required quorum. The chair abruptly adjourned the proceedings as a very thin presence of members was in the house.

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif addresses National Assembly’s session.

The government was interested to conduct a debate on Uswa-e-Hasna of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) but the opposition staged protest and pointed out quorum in the house.

Earlier, the opposition leader in his speech held Prime Minister Imran Khan responsible for the “backbreaking inflation” in the country. “It was the promise of the Prime Minister to transform Pakistan into Riyasat-i-Madinah but the situation is altogether different in the country,” he said, adding that PTI’s government had done nothing to control inflation in the country.

“Reference is given about Riyasat -e-Madina but no measures to provide relief to the masses,” he said mentioning that Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who headed the state of Madina] used to protect the oppressed and orphans.

Opposition leader said that he was expecting from this government to bring a mini-budget. “I had warned just days after the presentation of the federal multiple mini-budgets were in the offing,” he remarked.

“Today, everyone is a witness that this is the worst government in the 74 years. It has made survival difficult for the nation,” he said, adding the example of the recent rise in the prices of petrol, diesel and electricity. He said that the basic commodities like flour, sugar and lentils were now out of the reach of an average family surviving on a monthly salary of Rs20,000.

Talking about the controversy over the procurement of LNG gas by the incumbent government, he said it had failed to take advantage of the “dirt cheap spot rates” and later purchased the commodity at higher prices. He alleged that billions of rupees had been looted from the people of Pakistan in sugar and wheat scandals.

Also, Shehbaz Sharif said that the whole Muslim nations including Pakistan will celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) on Tuesday with religious and traditional zeal, renewing the pledge to transform their lives in line with the Islamic principles and disseminate teachings of Allah Almighty’s last Messenger.

He said the life of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is a role model for every person of this world who believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment. The world has seen a lot of scholars, philosophers, and preachers but none of them was as great as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The opposition leader called for review of economic policies to check inflation and to ensure relief for low income people besides creating employment opportunities in the country.