Sheikh Rasheed poses 10 questions to former premier Nawaz Sharif

Who was behind Dawn leaks? Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday posed 10 questions to Quaid of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Sheikh Rasheed posed questions

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday posed 10 questions to Quaid of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while he was addressing a press conference in Lahore, reported Dunya News.

The Federal Minister asked some important questions and urged the former premier to come forward and respond to them. Sheikh Rasheed asked: How many meetings did Nawaz have with Osama bin Laden and how much money was received from Osama as a donation? Sources claim that the former premier met Bin Laden.

Similarly, while pointing out Nawaz’s ties with the Indian establishment and business tycoons, he asked: Who provided Ajmal Kasab’s address and data to India? More importantly, he also asked: Why did you call the head of the enemy state India from outside Pakistan? Did you feel threatened that your calls were against national security and will be leaked?

Questions about Nawaz’s politics within Pakistan

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed also raised questions about what and how Nawaz did to stay in power in Pakistan. Why and who organized buses from Lahore and sent them to Islamabad to attack former Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah? Who offered breakfast to organized buses at Punjab House and later attacked Supreme Court?

While asking about his health and alleged deal, he asked; you left the country on medical grounds, then why do you only talk about votes and not about the court case? There is a growing perception that Nawaz Sharif went to London after signing a deal with the establishment. Those who suspect a deal point towards the past. If the history of Pakistan can be taken as a witness then it points towards the suspicions being true. No politically powerful person in Pakistan’s history has ever been punished in a court of law; convictions even if obtained in lower courts are almost always overturned by superior courts. The system simply does not have the will to punish powerful people- they argue.

Rasheed also asked who was behind Dawn leaks. If you have confessed now than why did you deny it earlier? The news story, highlighting alleged confrontation between the civilian government and the military at a meeting in October 2016, published by Dawn newspaper erupted with a storm in national politics and shortly transformed into a news leak scandal before becoming mainstream media fodder.

Reducing military intervention in political affairs

It all started when Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida “broke confidential minutes” of a meeting among the government and military officials on ‘national action plan’ in which the civilians reportedly apprised the military of mounting international pressure of more action against armed groups.

The civilian government’s representatives at the meeting gave warning that Pakistan could face international isolation if the security establishment did not take the recommended course of action and what followed suit was the hornet’s nest in the military ranks.

Almeida’s exclusive story came against a backdrop of mounting border tensions between India and Pakistan following a claim by the Indian government of a cross-border “surgical strike” by them on September 18.

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Sheikh Rasheed to meet COAS 

He also asked: How much money was spent on the 2013 election and how much money was received from Saif-ur-Rehman from Qatar? How many days were spent in London to plan the clash outside the NAB office and what efforts were made to stop cameras from covering the incident?

Who issued the letter signed by Hussain Haqqani for the character assassination of Benazir Bhutto?

Later, answering questions of media persons, Sheikh Rasheed said that he is not the spokesperson of any institution. “Meeting Chief of Army Staff (COAS) will be an honor and I don’t meet people privately”, he added.

Criticizing opposition, he said that they discuss personal agendas in meetings called on national issues. Pakistan People Party (PPP) will never resign from assemblies and by-elections will be held in case some members of PML-N resign.

GVS News Desk

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