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Khaqan Abbasi wants institutions to stay within ‘constitutional limits’


Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses media persons during a press conference in Hyderabad on February 06, 2022. — PPI
Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addresses media persons during a press conference in Hyderabad on February 06, 2022. — PPI

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Saturday the institutions should stay within the limits laid down in the constitution.

In an interview with a private TV channel, Abbasi when the institutions intervene in political affairs and exceed their constitutional limits, it leads to problems in the country.

The ex-prime minister said the amendment to the Army Act 1952 in January 2020 by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government that granted a three-year extension to then-chief of army staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was a “mistake”.

The senior PML-N leader said that the “mistake”, allowing an extension in the tenure of the army chief, should have been “corrected”.

Relations with Afghanistan, India

Responding to a question, the PML-N leader said that Afghanistan is an independent country, adding that Islamabad and Kabul have longstanding and historic fraternal relations.

“We should keep relations with Afghanistan as an independent country,” he added. The former prime minister said Pakistan should learn lessons from the past, Abbasi said, adding that negotiation and dialogues go side by side.

Without naming Afghanistan, the PML-N leader said that the county should take action whose soil is used against any other country.

The former prime minister said that trade with India would not be possible till New Delhi restores the special status of occupied Kashmir.

Stressing the need for giving priority to the national interest over political, Abbasi said that the coalition government wanted to procure oil, gas and electricity from Russia.


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