The Pakistan People’s Party has asked CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to dismiss Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan without interruption as his “links with banned outfits” are stopping him to launch a ‘genuine’ crackdown on militants.
“In spite of calls from several moderate religious forces, the PML-N govt does not seem to fire the law minister. It seems that Rana Sanaullah Khan is the chief minister’s blue-eyed boy,” says PPP Punjab Information Secretary Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry.
At a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Tuesday, the PPP leader said Rana Sanaullah Khan instead of quitting his “Kalashnikov-wielding friends” was levelling allegations against federal ministers Rahman Malik and Babar Awan.
“I want to tell him that both the ministers are pillars of the party as they were also the most trusted fellows of Benazir Bhutto,” he said and asked the chief minister to rethink about retaining Rana Sanaullah Khan in the cabinet.
He also asked PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to remove Rana Sanaullah Khan on “moral grounds”.
Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry also criticised the judiciary for summoning the parents of President Asif Ali Zardari. He said some forces were helping a particular party to establish a “dynasty” in Punjab, but the PPP would not let them succeed.
PPP’s Punjab Finance Secretary Aurangzeb Burki alleged that the provincial government was patronising “extremists and militants”. “The governor’s rule cannot be ruled out if those living in a palace in Raiwind do not stop patronising such people,” he warned.