Sheikh Rasheed retracts ‘blackmail’ statement against PML-Q

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Sunday retracted his statement, which was issued in an apparent reference to PML-Q leaders who have reportedly demanded the removal of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, and clarified that he “did not point out any specific party.”

A day ago, Rasheed had said that “I am not like those who have five seats and blackmail the prime minister to assume the chief minister’s office.”

However, in today’s statement, the interior minister clarified that when he used the “blackmailing” reference, he did not name any Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) or Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader/party member. Rasheed added that Chaudhry Shujaat is “my brother” and prayed for his good health. “I will never speak against him,” he said.

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We are standing with PM like a brick wall, he added and reiterated that the premier will finish his five year tenure in the office.

“After two days, Imran Khan’s position will become clearer. Whoever stands with PM Imran Khan, the nation will respect them,” he claimed.

Answering a question related to the no-confidence motion, the interior minister said that the Opposition is doing what they always do.

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“I was once a part of the Opposition and we also used to make such futile claims,” he said.

When asked about the National Assembly session, Sheikh Rasheed said that the session has to be convened by the speaker and the decision of the speaker will be legal and constitutional.

“The speaker’s decision cannot be challenged in any court. The days from March 22 to 30 are very important,” he said.

It may be recalled that yesterday Sheikh Rasheed and Minister for Water Resources Moonis Elahi came face-to-face when Rasheed told journalists in Quetta that he isn’t among those allies who “blackmail” the PM for getting the top slot in Punjab.

In reponse to his statement, Elahi said that Rasheed should not forget his past.

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