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Caretaker set-up likely to appear by 16th, says Khursheed

SUKKUR: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Sunday said that the name of a [consensus] caretaker prime minister might be known by the general public by 15th or 16th of this month.

He was speaking to the media on the sidelines of a ceremony held at the Sukkur IBA to lay the foundation stone of the Allama Iqbal Open University campus. Explaining his prediction, he said if the names of a caretaker prime minister and his team of interim government were disclosed at this juncture, much confusion could be created by the media.

He hinted that the head and members of the caretaker set up would be “clean and experts in administrative affairs”.Referring to the joint public meeting of MQM-P factions held in Karachi a day earlier and the party’s PIB faction leader Dr Farooq Sattar’s strong criticism of PPP, Mr Shah said that he [Dr Farooq] appeared confused because he himself survived the ‘minus-one formula’ after he agreed to accept removal of his London-based mentor but his entire party was not accepting his leadership. In a state of confusion, he resorted to blaming PPP for all odds the party was faced with.

Mr Shah said “no word is the last word in politics”, adding that an enemy of yesterday could become a friend today depending on changing situations.

Commenting on ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s term of ‘space creatures’ for the alleged hidden hands behind his removal as prime minister and head of his own party, the senior PPP leader remarked that scientists did believe in such creatures and “such elements play their role in all elections in the world”.

Sindh Minister for Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah also attended the ceremony.

Earlier on Saturday evening, Nasir Shah spoke to the media after inaugurating a bus terminal at Rohri and severely criticised MQM-P leaders for their outrage at its Saturday public meeting in Karachi against the PPP.

He observed that the MPM-P had now resorted to instigate ethnic intrigue by raising the slogan of ‘Jag Mohajir’ with a motive to push Sindh back to the period of hatred, bloodshed and politics of gun withnessed in the ‘80s. He recalled that such politics had resulted in the killing of thousands in Karachi in the ‘80s and ‘90s when human bodies also used to emerge in gunny bags.He expressed his apprehension that the MQM-P would reintroduce its apparently abandoned leader’s order to his party workers: ‘sell away your books, TV, etc to buy weapons’.

This must not happen, said the minister, pointing out that Karachi, the city of lights, had regained its old glory after great sacrifices offered by police, Rangers, army and civilians which must not go in vain.

Mr Shah said the PPP did not subscribe the ideas of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP leader Syed Mustafa Kamal but it agreed with him on what he had now been narrating about the [Altaf-led] MQM and the current MQM-P leaders. He claimed that PPP’s single public meeting in Liaqatabad had proved to be a nerve-breaking event for MQM-P leaders.

“There fear is understandable because PPP received a tumultuous response from Karachiites and if free and fair election is held, our party will win many seats in Karachi, for sure,” he said.

Nasir Shah also commented on Nawaz Sharif’s recent statement carrying the term ‘space creatures’, saying that the ousted PM had in the past been happily travelling in the same spacecraft driven by those whom he apparently was now describing as space creatures. He accused Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as well as estranged PML-N leader and former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of being at work to destabilise the Sindh government.

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