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Friday Nov 15 2019

Inflation, unemployment: No one would like to be PM after three months, says Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain

 Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has warned that no one would want to become the prime minister of the country after three months due to rampant inflation and unemployment.

Speaking to a private television show, the veteran political leader painted a gloomy picture of the next few months.

Responding to a query about the scrapping of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), Shujaat, who served with him as federal minister for interior in his first two stints as prime minister and later developed serious differences with him due to joining military ruler General Pervez Musharraf after forming his own faction, strongly supported the move to grant permission to Nawaz for traveling abroad without placing any string.

Chaudhry whose PML-Q is a coalition partner in the federal and Punjab government advised the prime minister to avoid a stigma on his face (hindering Nawaz Sharif travelling abroad for treatment) that would not be possible for him to remove later. He was of the view that the prime minister alone will have to face the storm that would erupt due to Nawaz’s health issue.

He further advised the prime minister to devote his energies on overcoming dearness and unemployment.

Separately, Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi while speaking to a private news channel that the whole system will collapse if anything happened to the former prime minister.

Elahi said PM Imran should let the National Accountability Bureau do its work. He urged the prime minister to show big heart and concentrate his energies on the development of the country. He said sometimes the government had to make compromises. 

Originally published in The News