MURIDKE: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said PPP will sit on opposition benches in Punjab but will not indulge in horse-trading.
“There are several people who want to join us but we don’t believe in horse trading. If we are not in majority we will sit on opposition benches but we will neither become part of any horse-trading nor will do so ”, he said this while talking to media men here after addressing foundation day ceremony at Chand Bagh school Saturday.
There is no last word in the politics, he said adding option has not ended but it has started now.
There is no deadline or ultimatum in the politics but we will not abandon the politics of reconciliation and will want all the political parties work together for the betterment of the country as any single party can not steer the country out of the crisis, he maintained.
The economic challenges and law and order situation were major problems facing the country, he remarked. They both were the by products of terrorism and extremism, he noted. “I am working on these two priorities”, he observed.
“I have no complaint against Mian Nawaz Sharif if he is not satisfied with his committee. If we don’t remain with him in Punjab even then we will invite him to go along with us. I invite all the political leaders to cooperate with us to counter economic challenges. We respect Mian Nawaz Sharif. We have been running the government after PML-N quit us in the center. PML-N has been playing the role of opposition in federation”, he underscored.
He went on to say country needed stability at present. How would the provincial government hold general elections when they could not hold the local bodies polls, he questioned. However PPP would win the general elections with overwhelming majority whenever they would take place, he asserted.
Responding to a question he said “Raiwind is my own home. I will meet Nawaz Sharif when I wish.
“Mian Nawaz Sharif team held talks with us with sincerity and negotiations took place for 200 hours. Team led by Ishaq Dar and our team worked hard. We don’t want to criticize any one but we will complete the agenda”, PM remarked.
He told country’s exports had swelled and foreign exchange reserves had soared higher. “We will take Mian Nawaz Sharif along on economic agenda, he said.
He held that positive thinking could be developed in the society through education. Educational institutions should play their respective role to reform the youths. If they focus on character building of the young generation then we can be able to meet the challenges, he underlined.
It was responsibility of the government to equip educational institutions with state of art facilities, he observed. Federal government had formulated national education policy in consultation with other provinces, he told. This policy had been framed in keeping with modern time requirements, he maintained.
Government was striving to upgrade literacy rate from the very first day, he said adding raising literacy rate upto 85 percent was our target.