Is PMLN playing up on Nawaz Sharif’s ‘heart’ surgery to gain public sympathies?


By  Kiran Bokhari

(  Still many are skeptical whether  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is undergoing open-heart surgery in a UK hospital on Tuesday.

“How can a man who looks so fresh in a fine dress addressing his cabinet members a day before a major surgery of heart,” a political worker suspected after hearing the speech of Nawaz while addressing the cabinet members via Skype.

The way PML-N has built up a media campaign to get sympathies of the Pakistanis it is suspected that the PM is undergoing a ‘minor’ heart related surgery but telling the people it a ‘major’ one, he said.

“It is not me alone but there are a number of people who think there is some fishy business in this open-heart surgery,” he said.

The million-dollar question is as why Nawaz Sharif actively taking part in running the government affairs from London since he is serious ill?

The spokesperson for PM House has said the prime minister being the chief executive of the country had to relinquish his duties during the period when he would be undergoing the surgery. “It may take a little over a week for the prime minister to recover and travel back to Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry feared that in the PM’s absence the upcoming budget session would be entirely unconstitutional and illegal.

He suggested that the only remedy left to provide legal cover to the passage of budget and avoid a constitutional and financial crisis was an in-house change with the PM stepping down to pave the way for his successor in the shape of a new leader of the house.

Justice Chaudhry’s re­­marks coincided with an official statement run by the PPI news agency in which it was announced that federal budget for the financial year 2016-17 would be presented in the National Assembly on Friday.

In the statement, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that arrangements were being finalised to present the budget on time.

Special assistant and spokesman for the prime minister, Musadik Malik, told the electronic media on Friday night that all affairs of the state would continue as per the law of the land and Mr Dar would be responsible for managing the routine matters of the government.

But Justice Chaudhry who served as the most powerful chief justice of the country for seven long years thought otherwise. “Without the verification of the budget statement by the prime minister under Article 82 of the Constitution, the entire exercise of presenting the budget in the National Assembly for its passage will be illegal and unconstitutional,” he insisted.

So [illegal and unconstitutional] will be the calling of the joint sitting of parliament which President Mamnoon Hussain will be addressing after the closure of the third parliamentary year, which will be ending on June 3, he claimed.

Praying for the wellbeing and speedy recovery of the prime minister, Justice Chaudhry said the 1973 Constitution was silent on dealing with the PM’s absence from the country. Pak Destiny

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