Saturday, 20 October 2012 21:00:42
President office is political but actions are neutral: Kaira
LAHORE, Oct 20 (APP): Federal Minister for Information
and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said office of the
president is political by all standards but its actions are
neutral and impartial.
"The President, National Assembly and Senate are part of
parliament and parliament owes its existence to a
political process," he said.
Talking to senior journalists, during a meeting at the
Governor House, Kaira said how could a president be asked not to be
political when he was elected through a transparent political
The Information Minister said politics was a noble cause, but it
had become a fashion to use it in negative sense due to long
dictatorial regimes. He called for an end to this practice
of maligning politics and political personalities.
To a query, he said the recent court decision had
vindicated PPP's stance that agencies were used against it
to rig elections in the past.
Expressing utter surprise on the PML-N spokesperson's recent
statement, Kaira said the PPP never raised finger against anyone,
despite the fact that PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif was suspected
of being hand in glove with the agencies.
"Statements by the PML-N has preempted this process but it
cannot change political perspective", he responded.
The minister said Tehreek-e-Istaqlal leader
Asghar Khan was a party in the case, but one thing was
evidently clear that some political parties were the product
of agencies and had been doing politics with their help.
About the court decision, he said the verdict was
just an initial reflection of the misuse of the government
machinery for election rigging.
The federal information minister said FIA would
investigate the politicians who received money as
directed by the Supreme Court. He assured that the investigation
process would be fair and free.
The information minister said the PPP would contest the
next general elections under the slogan of consolidating
country's economy, boosting Pakistan's image internationally
and ridding the country of the structural problems.