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Resolution in Punjab Assembly demands suspension of Mashhood as MPA

LAHORE: A resolution was submitted in the Punjab Assembly today seeking suspension of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Mashhood as member of provincial assembly (MPA), over his controversial statement.

According to details, the resolution was submitted by a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker.

The controversy began with an interview the PML-N leader gave to a private TV channel. During the interview, Mashhood was asked whether the civil-military tensions that had reportedly marred the tenure of the last PML-N government still existed after the end of the party’s rule. He replied in negative and said relation with the establishment was now better.

He went on to say that the situation had improved. “I think because ‘they’ have now realised that those whom they had considered horses, are not able to deliver,” he was heard in a video footage as saying.

In another interview later in the day, Mashhood claimed that the PTI government in Punjab would cease to exist within the next two months or so and be replaced by his own party’s setup.

Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor later termed the statement of PML-N leader Rana Mashhood as irresponsible and baseless.

“Attribution of an obvious vested statement by Rana Mashhood is baseless and regrettable. Such irresponsible expressions are detrimental to stability in the country,” he said in a statement on his official Twitter handle.

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