Our Correspondent Mir Ali, (North Waziristan)
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Sunday paid tribute to the martyrs saying that the people and the armed forces of Pakistan have made everlasting sacrifices in the war on terror.
He said this while addressing an Annual passing out ceremony of 29th FC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (South) Recruits Course held at Scouts Training Academy Mir Ali, North Waziristan.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed attended the function as the chief guest. ‘I pay tribute to the martyrs of the war,’ the interior Minister said. He also appreciated the Recruits for being part of the Armed Forces of Pakistan. He said the role of Frontier Corps (South) in maintaining peace in the country is very important.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed inspects the passing out parade. The Home Minister distributed prizes among the recruits for their outstanding performance.
Talking to the media men in Islamabad, Sheikh Rashid dubbed the Opposition as ‘incompetent, fatigued and useless’, saying the Imran Khan government is now not facing any opposition.
He declared he had never seen such an ‘incompetent, useless and weak opposition’ in this country.
‘I don’t see any opposition to Imran Khan.’ The minister further said the budget would be presented on June 11 and he was expecting an increase in the wages of labourers and pensions.
The minister maintained that ‘all members of the estranged Jahangir Khan Tareen group of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf will vote in favour of Imran Khan’s budget.’
Replying to a question, Sheikh Rashid said his ministry had put Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif’s name on the Exit Control List and the 15-day deadline to appeal against the decision had passed. ‘While Nawaz Sharif managed to trick us … we have stopped Shehbaz Sharif,’ he remarked.
Responding to a question, Sheikh Rashid said Prime Minister Imran Khan himself was handling the matter of Saudi Arabia and some other countries in the Middle East not accepting the vaccination certificate of the Chinese-manufactured Sinopharm vaccine.
He said the prime minister had informed the cabinet that he was in talks with leaders of the respective countries on the matter.
Sheikh Rashid, however, maintained that ‘Sinopharm is a very good vaccine.’ He further said that Pakistan fared better than other countries in the region in terms of vaccination and particularly compared the situation in Pakistan with that in India, where he said one would come across boards saying ‘no vaccination for seven days’.
‘There is no board in Pakistan saying ‘no vaccination’.’ The minister also pointed out that more people were willing to get vaccinated now and previously, there was ‘propaganda against vaccination’ in the country.