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Who approached PTI’s Murad Saeed for an NRO?


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In a shocking move, the Minister of State for Communications and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Mr. Murad Saeed on Wednesday claimed he was approached by the seven members of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) for a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). According to media reports Mr. Saeed was speaking at the floor of the National Assembly when he revealed that “seven PML-N leaders approached me seeking NRO but no will get it.”

Surprisingly, Mr. Saeed was asked by the opposition to name those who approached him. He said, “The first person who has approached me for NRO is present in the Parliament at this time.”

Like Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, PPP co-chairman is indirectly threatening the government of a tough and more aggressive opposition if it does not offer an NRO or a deal to the corrupt politicians in the country.

Mr. Saeed also claimed that “we have made a recovery of Rs460 million from the projects that were initiated during PML-N’s term.” Stating that those who looted the nation’s money will be put behind bars, he added, “We will make such policies that no one will be able to loot the nation’s wealth.”

It is important to mention here that recently Prime Minister Imran Khan also claimed that he was approached by Sharifs to sign a deal to give them some relief. The proposal, according to Mr. Khan, was rejected by him. Interestingly, Prime Minister Khan made it clear during his maiden speech to the nation that whenever powerful and corrupt people will be brought before the law there will be propaganda against the government.

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A narrative will also be established as if the democracy was under threat, he added. Similar observations have been made by the information minister on Tuesday. He maintained that the government is facing and will face more challenges by the political opponents for allowing the NAB to independently conduct inquiries into financial matters of those who have been holding the public offices.

PM Khan repeated his stance in his address to the nation on October 24th, saying that the corrupt leaders in the country are seeking for an NRO which is only a daydream. “I want to give them a message: ‘open your ears and hear this: you can come out on the streets. We will give you containers and give you food. You can do whatever you want in the assemblies… [But] no one will get an NRO’.”

Like Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, PPP co-chairman is indirectly threatening the government of a tough and more aggressive opposition if it does not offer an NRO or a deal to the corrupt politicians in the country. Since the NAB is working independently, it is threatening the system developed by such ‘criminals’. The government has, on the other hand, made it clear that there is zero tolerance on the matters related to corruption and misuse of authority.

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Several leaders of PML-N have already been arrested including its president Mr. Shahbaz Sharif. The party along with the PPP was hoping for some leniency because of persistent economic crisis the sitting government is facing with. But upright rejection by the government has made the opposition more insecure and impatient at the moment.

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