LEAs didn’t open fire: minister

By: Nuzhar Nazar

WEB DESK: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid dismissed the allegation that the law enforcement agencies had opened fire on the protesting employees of national flag carrier. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Senator Rashid said it is not yet known who fired the shots.

He said neither Police nor Rangers resorted to firing and it is understood someone from within the gathering fired the bullets.

He said that the protests of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) at Lahore and Rawalpindi remained peaceful and it appears that some trouble makers who may be from a political party might have opened fire to disrupt the protest.

Rashid said that these protests are tantamount to a conspiracy against the country. He said that the strike of the employees is not in the benefit of PIA but it serves the interest of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) which is against progress and development in Pakistan.

Pervaiz Rashid said announcement of PTI Chairman Imran Khan to launch a protest drive is aimed at freezing the process of economic growth. He said protest of PTI earlier caused a delay of six months in the launching of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He said that PTI is supporting the protest and they wanted to disrupt the privatisation of PIA. He said that privatisation of those organisations which are liability to the national exchequer was part of the manifesto of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz before it contested 2013 General Elections.

Chairman Privatisation Commission Mohammad Zubair also spoke on this occasion. He said that privatisation of PIA is also part of PTI’s manifesto, but despite this fact PTI had joined the protestors.

He said out of 185 countries, Pakistan is at 34 in terms of pricing of petrol. To a question, he said the government deferred the plan to seek strategic partnership of PIA for six months with a view to satisfying employees.

He said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has repeatedly said that the Government would minutely review the investment plan of the strategic partner before taking any decision. PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz said Pakistan has moved significantly ahead in terms of progress and development during the tenure of the present government.

Source: Business Recorder