Islamabad—Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid has underlined the need for national unity and cohesion to fight challenges confronting the nation and strengthen democracy, national institutions and economy. “We need to reinforce one another instead of bickering. We should leave the task of electing or replacing the governments to our voters and use our precious time for curbing anti-state elements, restoring peace and progress,” he said in an interview here.
He said the opposition had the right to criticise the government but it should not hamper the development process. “Let us not see one another with doubts rather we strengthen mutual relations and spend our energy to collectively meet the challenges.”
“We are treading on a path to peace and prosperity. Success is our destiny and destination is close, and if we continue our journey with the same spirit, a few elements cannot hinder us achieving our goal,” the minister added.
He said the government believed in serving the masses and it was evident from the PML-N’s previous tenures. Pakistan conducted six nuclear blasts in 1998 but its two-third majority government was toppled. “Our government sent a message to international community that Pakistan is self-sufficient in its defence and no one can dare intimidate it. Nuclear tests elevated Pakistan’s image and made its defence invincible.” He said the nation was well aware that from 1999 till 2013; during the tenures of Pervez Musharraf and PPP, no mega project was started in the country. “But during last three years, the present government started a number of mega projects in power, gas and infrastructure sectors and people are well aware of these projects.”
The minister said the mega projects were being executed in a transparent manner and nobody could have blamed the government for any corruption. They issued political statements but nobody could bring forth any misappropriation in mega projects like Thar Coal project, Motorway, Gawadar Port and power projects in Punjab. “There is no corruption charge on our government, including the Prime Minister or any member of his Cabinet.” He said some confusions were created on the Nandipur power project and the Prime Minister immediately ordered an audit of the project. The audit report revealed that work done on the project during the present government tenure was transparent, but it pointed to inefficiency and corruption committed in the previous government tenure.
The minister said rampant corruption in Hajj operation was also witnessed in the previous government tenure and one of their ministers had been awarded punishment by the court of law. During the present government, the pilgrims had been facilitated who in response not only prayed for the country but also for the government. Answering a question about reference by Imran Khan in the Election Commission of Pakistan (RCP), the minister said earlier the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief used to distrust ECP but now he had approached it showing that his previous stance was wrong.
He said it was an opportunity for Imran Khan to prove his allegation that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had some hidden assets and other than those already declared before the Commission. “We have always challenged Imran Khan to establish it and now again challenge that if he proves the hidden assets of the Prime Minister, we shall donate those assets to Imran Khan’s hospital.” “What we have been stating was all the truth and now we also have an opportunity to prove our truth.”