ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday said that state institutions need to stay within their constitutional limits. The former prime minister was speaking exclusively to Editor in Chief Pakistan Group of Newspapers and Chairman Roze News in program Sachi Baat.
Commenting on the tenure of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, the former prime minister said that problems facing the country cannot be solved overnight but we tried to put the country in the right direction.
The former prime minister said that some state institutions don’t work within their constitutional limits and this practice has made the working of any government almost impossible. He went on to add that intelligence agencies and military even interfere in matters that are within the domain of the civilian government. Khaqan also came down hard on the judiciary saying that, the judiciary is interfering in the working of executive and the parliament.
He said that the bureaucracy has an important role in the running of the country but it is under immense pressure from National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Khaqan also criticized the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for launching an inquiry against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over money laundering allegations.
Commenting on a hypothetical question regarding the possibility of a coalition government after the elections, Khaqan said that if Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz decided to form coalition government with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), he will not be the part of any such government.
Answering a question regarding the performance of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz in the power sector, Khaqan said that today there is no load-shedding in the country due to the efforts of his party’s government. He said that his party also prioritized the water sector and it was during the tenure of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz that the country’s first national water policy was approved. Commenting on the issue of Kalabagh dam, the former Prime Minister said that the dam cannot be built unless there is consensus on it.