Saad Rafiq says, ‘PML-N’s entire focus is on Sindh.’

Khawaja Saad Rafiq (centre) addresses a press conference in Karachi on November 12, 2023, in a still taken as a video.  - YouTube/Jio News Live
Khawaja Saad Rafiq (centre) addresses a press conference in Karachi on November 12, 2023, in a still taken as a video. – YouTube/Jio News Live
  • PML-N will meet MQM-P in Bahadurabad today.
  • Saad Rafiq says PML-N will encourage talks.
  • “Karachi has been ignored for decades.”

KARACHI: As Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) continues to meet other parties for a possible alliance ahead of the February 8 elections, Khawaja Saad Rafiq said their focus is now completely on Sindh.

“This time our entire focus is on Sindh,” Rafiq said during a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Sunday.

PML-N politicians – along with fellow party leaders Ayaz Sadiq, Khail Das Kohistani, Ali Akbar Gujjar, Nihal Hashmi and Bashir Memon – expressed concern about the despair in rural areas of the province.

The politician is visiting Karachi to meet various political groups in an attempt to form a strong alliance in Sindh, where the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is a stronghold.

PML-N leaders are also scheduled to meet leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) at the party headquarters in Bahadurabad at 4:30 pm today.

Commenting on the state and infrastructure improvements in Karachi during the meeting with MQM-P, Rafiq said that the city has not been given attention for decades.

“The meeting will discuss Karachi and the local government system. We will also discuss how to make local governments effective,” he said, lamenting that the city was being “ruined” under a “well-planned plan”. It has been done. ,

“It was already decided with JUI-F and MQM-P that we will contest the elections together,” Rafiq said.

The former federal minister also said that under the leadership of supremo Nawaz Sharif, his party will keep political differences aside and encourage dialogue.

Criticizing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for “dirty politics”, he said, “Social relations should not be broken, relations should be maintained.”

The politician said that the atmosphere after February 8 will be encouraging for talks. “Defaming anyone is not included in PML-N’s agenda.”

Sadiq, who was present during the press conference, said that PML-N has good relations with all the parties. “We will meet parties with whom we can form a political alliance.”

Sadiq told journalists that the PML-N supremo will visit Balochistan on November 14 for election campaign.

“Just like we established peace in Karachi, we will ensure it in Balochistan too,” Sadiq said, pointing to his party’s alliance in the western province. On the occasion of his visit, some people will join the PML-N. “

Commenting on the opposing statements coming from various political parties like PPP, Rafiq said, “Politicians talk when elections are near. Our people also do the same.”

The former minister stressed that no single party or organization can make the country better. “The charter of democracy must go beyond two parties to include all parties. There must now be a charter of the economy.”

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