Khursheed criticises PTI for ‘dividing opposition’


Attempt to replace him will benefit govt
Staff Reporter


Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Saturday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has divided the united opposition.
Talking to media, he said that the PTI has caused a ‘major breach’ in the opposition benches of lower house of the parliament.
“I would have sacrificed my position to safeguard the opposition under one leader, rather pursuing such a desire, causing immense damage to the united opposition,” Shah remarked.
“If PTI had approached me, I would have helped them to pursue their earnest wish,” he added.
Taking a dig at Muttahida Qaumi Movement-P, Shah said it is beyond his understanding either to count the party as a coalition partner of PML-N or an opposition party.
“I do not know whether MQM-P is ‘he or she’,” he further said. The Opposition Leader said the government would definitely benefit from the situation as the opposition parties are disunited, adding that just two months ago, MQM was a coalition partner of the ruling party.
Shah said that decisions of all the important matters were taken after consultation with PTI. He stated Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim was appointed as Chief Election Commissioner in 2013 on the demand of PTI.
He further claimed that all the opposition parties except PTI and Muttahida Qaumi Movement are standing with him.
The PTI and the MQM-P have hinted at their alliance in the next general election as well as bringing a new leader of opposition in NA as leaders from both parties concluded their first round of talks on Tuesday.
Shah rebutted claims that the Pakistan People’s Party takes “solo flight” and does not take the PTI onboard on matters, reminding PTI that the last PPP govt had appointed Justice Fakrukhdin G. Ebrahim as the Chief Election Commissioner on its advice.
“If the PTI wanted an opposition leader of its choice, they could have asked me, I would have fulfilled their desire; it was wrong to divide the opposition,” he said.

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