Opposition reacts to Rangers deployment outside accountability court

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties while reacting to Rangers deployment outside accountability on Monday gave mixed opinions over the matter.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that Panama case has weakened the federal government. He notified that if the court had to summon Rangers, they should have written to the interior ministry.

Khohro asserted that if the court had not sought Rangers assistance, then it raises a big question over the deployment.

PPP leader Saeed Ghani said that Rangers action in Islamabad is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated that civilian rights are being trampled.

Former Senate chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari articulated that the Interior Minister should have respected the law and court instead of questioning that why was his entry to accountability court was blocked.

PTI leader Babar Awan termed Ahsan Iqbal’s incident as second episode of “Why I was ousted?”

PTI vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Interior Minister should resign if he is helpless. He asserted that the Interior Minister should not only utter statements but also implement them.

The PTI leader said that the people should refrain from unnecessary visits to court. He taunted that some of the people only arrive for the purpose of flattery.

Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed also lashed out at PML-N and said that the Interior Minister should resign.

Sheikh Rasheed said that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his cohorts wanted to destabilize Pakistan. He sarcastically said it appeared that Sharif was not appearing before the court, but going to get a visa for performing Umrah that a large number of ministers accompany him.

Rasheed said the Sharif children will not appear before the court. The impression was being created that democracy couldn’t survive without Sharif, he added.

Against the backdrop of the interior minister not allowed to enter NAB court today, he said authorities should chalk out a list of people who should be allowed to witness the NAB proceedings.

Slamming the PML-N leaders, he said those who were trained by military dictator Zia ul Haq were now frowning at the security establishment.

The ruling PML-N is going to push through the Election Bill 2017 to elect the disqualified prime minister as the PML-N head, Rasheed said and added the entire government was bent on protecting Sharif.

He said it was being implied that it all was happening against Sharif. To him, he said, the law was taking its course against thieves and plunderers of public money. He added they should strive to save democracy and Sharif should be given a fair trial.