Border fencing to be completed by taking on board Afghan set up: Rashid


—Says no role of Sharif’s family in future politics
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has said fencing along the border with Afghanistan will be completed whilst taking on board the new Afghan set up.
Talking to the media persons in Islamabad on Friday, the Interior Minister said an area of twenty-six hundred kilometres has been fenced whilst the remaining twenty-one kilometres will also be completed.
The Interior Minister said the present government inherited difficult economic situation and due to the loot and plunder of the past rulers, it had to approach the International Monetary Fund. He was confident that the rupee will appreciate against dollar in the days ahead.
Sheikh Rashid said the government will not create any hurdle in the way of two separate marches being organized by the opposition parties. He, however, pointed out that local body elections are being held in the next four months whilst foreign dignitaries will also visit Pakistan in the month of March for the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting.
Talking about country’s political situation, the Interior Minister said that the PTI-led government will complete its constitutional tenure and will also return again for the next tenure.
About two separate marches announced by the opposition parties, Sheikh Rashid said the opposition has no vision to understand the prevailing situation of the country as they have selected the wrong time slot for holding protests.
“They should come to Islamabad but keep in mind the sanctity of the date they have chosen for their protest,” the interior minister said and added that a military parade will be held on Pakistan Day besides the arrival of the representatives from OIC member states.
The minister said that opposition parties were in a state of disappointment and stress as against their wishes, the present government was successfully running the state affairs. Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that the Nawaz Sharif family has no role in the country’s future politics, advising them to avoid the further wait for having any good opportunity.
He said that no drastic change was happening in the country’s politics without Nawaz Sharif and added that all ‘four Sharifs” had no further role in the politics. He once again invited Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan but added that he does not foresee the role of Nawaz Sharif in the country’s politics in future.
“It is upto him [Nawaz Sharif] to return to Pakistan whenever he wanted however all four sharifs have no role to play in Pakistan politics,” he said and added that the opposition wanted support from the same quarters who are supporting Imran Khan.
“The opposition has been saying since last year that PTI is going to lose power, but it should clear any misunderstanding about the government. Prime Minister Imran Khan is so lucky to have got such incompetent and ineffective opposition,” he said.
He said the present opposition had no vision to understand the prevailing situation and they had selected the wrong time for holding the protest. “They already lost their time and now they will get nothing but to spoil time
Sheikh Rashid said, “We will welcome them and not stop them or take any action against their protests.” He admitted a spike in inflation and said that recently they have diverted the prime minister’s attention towards actions needed to counter the hike in prices of flour.
“People have pinned higher hopes on Imran Khan that he will bring back the looted money of the country,” he said.
He announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be visiting China next month, a day after the foreign office confirmed that the premier would attend Beijing Olympics besides also holding bilateral meetings.