Sherry expresses concerns over PTI’s approach to dialogue

Islamabad: Senator Sherry Rehman, the parliamentary leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), expressed her views on recent political developments, emphasizing the importance of dialogue and parliamentary process in addressing national issues.

In response to President Asif Ali Zardari’s invitation to all political parties for dialogue and reconciliation, Senator Sherry Rehman noted with concern the stance of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which has opted for talks solely with the establishment. She stated, “President Asif Ali Zardari invited all political parties, including PTI, for dialogue and reconciliation for the sake of the country, however, the demands of Tehreek-e-Insaf for talks only with the establishment are regrettable. On the one hand, PTI complains about the political role of the establishment, on the other hand, it is demanding dialogue from the establishment by rejecting the offer of dialogue by the parliament and political parties.”

Sherry stressed the importance of adhering to democratic norms and institutions, urging political parties to engage in dialogue within the framework of the parliament. She questioned PTI’s intentions, stating, “Does PTI want to repeat the past again? The time has come for Tehreek-e-Insaf to look towards the Parliament.”

In a separate discussion during a point of order in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman raised the concerns regarding the taxation on solar systems. She expressed dismay over the news of proposed taxes on solar systems, and stated, “The news of tax on solar system went on Saturday, I raised objections on this issue on social media, such decision was against the policy of the government and also the commitment of the Prime Minister. I wrote that the Prime Minister will definitely take notice of it, and will not let it pass.”

Senator Sherry Rehman further emphasized the need for transparency and coherence in policy decisions, questioning the rationale behind the release of such proposals. She concluded, “The entire country cannot be punished for the sake of IPPs. Although, the Power Division said in an explanatory statement that this is not going to happen. However, why was such a trial balloon released? This should not have happened.”