Dastagir challenges PTI to compete with PML-N on performance basis

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 28: Federal Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastagir Khan said on Friday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should compete with PML-N on the basis of performance for welfare and well being of the people. Addressing a press conference, he said real challenge that PTI should accept was to compete with PML-N on the basis of performance instead of indulging in purposeless blame game and politics of agitation. He said findings of the Judicial Commission had rejected all baseless allegations about PML-N involvement in election rigging. Khurram Dastagir said the PTI returned to parliament only due to statesmanship of Sardar Ayaz Saddiq and now it should stop its propaganda. “Opinion of people is sacred to us, that is why PML-N decides to go for by-polls”, he said. He said that PTI demand of resignation by members of election commission was only an excuse to escape from by-elections. The minister said PTI leadership had failed to prove or provide any evidence in the judicial commission. But now again it was repeating election rigging allegations and backing out from MoU signed before setting up the judicial commission. “Neither, the judicial commission nor election tribunals held PML-N responsible for rigging. Now PTI should stop repeating the same allegations”, he said. Khurram Dastagir said Imran Khan was talking about sit-ins and agitation at times when country was facing multiple challenges, Zarb e Azb operation is in progress and there is tense situation on LoC. “We want peace, prosperity and progress in the country and PTI is not ready to cooperate with the government in welfare projects”, he said. He said credibility and legitimacy of institutions should not be challenged for personal interests and political point-scoring. State Minister for Privatization Zubair Ahmed said that PTI had agreed to withdraw its allegations if it failed to prove rigging in the judicial commission. He said PML-N candidates were not de-seated on rigging charges as there was not a single word about rigging in the findings of Judicial Commission and recent decision of election tribunals.

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