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Political system no longer capable of solving country's problems: Abbasi

PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says country's issues can't be resolved by "putting each other behind the bars"

By Web Desk
February 19, 2023
PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses press conference in Karachi. — YouTube screengrab/GeoNews
PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses press conference in Karachi. — YouTube screengrab/GeoNews

KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi regretted that the political system no longer had the competence to solve the country's issues. 

Pakistan's economic situation — which is undergoing a historic crunch — couldn't be improved by putting each other behind the bars, said Abbasi during a press conference in Karachi, flanked by former senator and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar. 

Instead, a commission should be formed that ascertains the elements responsible for economic deterioration, he suggested.

Khaqan said that he had no idea about the deterioration of Pakistan's economy until PML-N took power.

"All of us are responsible for finding the solution to the issues of the country as we belong to different political parties," he added.

The former premier said that there was "interference of establishment" in politics which created instability in democratic system.

Moreover, the PML-N leader reiterated that all was well between him and the party and country's interest was their priority.

Criticising the country's anti-graft watchdog, Abbasi said that the governments don't last due to the presence of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

How many politicians did NAB hold accountable, he asked.

"The institutions are not working within their constitutional limits," Abbasi said.

While speaking about Friday's attack on Karachi Police Office, the former premier said that the country had faced such unfortunate incidents and challenges earlier as well. 

He said that these challenges had to be countered now as well.

Abbasi challenges NAB 'either to acquit or convict us'

Khaqan said that the PML-N had been facing the cases and he doesn't want to end the cases against him.

"I challenge NAB to hold hearings on a daily basis and either acquit us or convict us," he said.

The politician said the accountability agency asked him every type of question but not whether he pays taxes or not.

"If [anyone] wants to do the accountability then the tax system itself clears the situation," Khaqan added.

'Terrorism rearing head': Khokhar

Meanwhile, Khokhar said that "terrorism is rearing its head, which is the failure of political parties."

He said that all parties conference couldn't be held on the audacious suicide attack on the police lines mosque in Peshawar.

"Is there any single institution in the country that can fulfil its constitutional responsibility," he asked. He added that it was high time that they discuss the issues together.