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Sheikh Rashid says he is ‘proud of being military’s spokesman’

Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid. — The News/Files

LAHORE: I am proud of being the “military’s  spokesman”, said Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid on Friday.

The federal minister was addressing media when he spoke of the recent meetings between civil and military leadership and said: “I have only made small references to the meetings […] If I share mobile phone data, all hell will break loose.”

Referring to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speech via video link to the opposition’s multi-party conference, he said the address “was that of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian industrialist Sajjan Jindal”.

The Awami Muslim League president said that the opposition would neither stage a sit-in, nor resign from the assemblies. They will not even move a vote of no confidence in the parliament, he said.

The federal minister claimed that Nawaz’s daughter and PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz had “ousted” her father from power. “Maryam is responsible for ending Nawaz’s politics.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken the “wickets” of PML-N and PPP, he said, adding however: “My heart [beats] for Shehbaz Sharif.

Rashid acknowledged rising inflation in the country, saying he cannot shoot down the claim.

The minister also spoke of his ministry’s performance. “We have to get the railways [back on track] with China’s help,” he said.

Imran Khan will not rest until corruption is rooted out of the country, he added.

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