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Elections should be contested on basis of performance, says minister

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says that election should be contested on the basis of performance, instead of levelling allegations and using abusive language.

Addressing a gathering here, the minister said that using abusive language or levelling allegations would deepen the rifts among the nation.

He said that confrontation was not favourable to elections so peaceful and transparent political atmosphere was vital for elections.

The minister said that every nature of allegation was levelled against the PML-N and even belief was not spared, adding that loadshedding and other issues would have been sorted out, if the government was given free hand to work.

He said that disqualification of Nawaz Sharif itself damaged PTI chairman Imran Khan and nobody earned any benefit from it.

He said that respect of vote should be maintained. Saad said that it could not be allowed to convert the country into a ‘banana state’ so every wrong act should be condemned.

He condemned the firing incident at the residence of a judge and said that security forces were probing the incident.

He urged all the political parties to ensure on time transparent elections, adding that a democratic government transfer the power to the elected government and it was norm of all civilised countries.

He said that there was objection on the election of Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani but now when he opted Pakistan Railways for traveling, the railways gave him protocol and respect.

The Railways Minister said that it was responsibility of everybody including politicians to respect each other. He said that voters were now well-aware. He said the PML-N government did its best to end load-shedding in the country and added more than 10,000 megawatts electricity to the national grid.

He said the railways was a national institution and not a single regular employee had been sacked from the department. The minister said that he was satisfied with his performance, adding that credit of restoring the railways went to its officers and workers.



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