Opposition leader, right of PPP in PA; Raja Riaz

The Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) leader and former Senior Provincial Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad has said that the office of opposition leader in Punjab Assembly is right of the PPP being in majority.

Talking to mediamen after a meeting of the PPP’s Parliamentary Committee here at Punjab Assembly on Monday, Raja said that he was thankful to Chaudhry Zaheer Uddin for offering office of the opposition leader to the PPP as its members were more in number than PML-Q in the assembly.” It is our legal and moral right”, he added.

He said that the PPP would play role of the positive opposition and highlight the weaknesses and bad governance of the Punjab Government.

Criticising Shahbaz Sharif, he said there was only difference of uniform between Shahbaz Sharif and Pervez Musharraf as both of them enjoyed the same dictatorial thought.

The former minister said that he was offering thanks giving prayers after being separated from the Punjab government as people had done it after removal of Pervez Musharraf.” I and other companions were under severe pressure working with Shahbaz Sharif in the cabinet, but now we are feeling relaxed”, he added.

He also criticised Shahbaz Sharif for being liked to be called as ‘Khadim-e-Ala’ and observed that servants did not live in palaces. “This is not the style of servants but of Mughal Princes,” he said.

To a question, he said that Shahbaz Sharif was not a good administrative rather bureaucracy held him hostage and practically bureaucracy was running affairs of the province.