ISLAMABAD: – Member of National Assembly (MNA) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Raja Riaz on Tuesday publically opposed nomination of Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed as a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
“PTI members are already included in the PAC and they are committed to perform with dedication. They will not allow Shehbaz Sharif to do anything against the rules,” Riaz said.
He added the committee was dedicated to work for the betterment of the country.
Besides, several other PTI members have opposed Rasheed’s nomination as a member of the PAC – indicating an internal disagreement within the party on the matter.
“There is no need of appointing him in the committee,” he went on to say.
On the other hand, the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) has decided to side with the government on calling for the resignation of Shehbaz as PAC chairman.
PAC and BAP member Senator Ahmed Khan said Shehbaz can be removed through voting. “We are supporters of the government and will stand with them,” he said.
The railways minister has strongly opposed Shehbaz’s appointment as PAC chairman and has termed it as a wrong decision. He has also filed a request in the Supreme Court against the appointment.
Earlier, Rasheed gave Shehbaz an eight-day deadline to resign as the chairman of the committee.
“I have informed Prime Minister Imran Khan that Shehbaz Sharif is not acceptable to me as the chairman of the PAC,” he said.