Hyderabad, July 23 : The erstwhile ruling party in Pakistan, the PML-Q has alleged that the Yousuf Raza Gilani government was in fact a "government-in-exile" as all important decisions were being taken by PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. It accused the government of ignoring the parliament.
Addressing a 'Meet the Press' programme of the Hyderabad press club here on Tuesday, PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and secretary-general Mushahid Hussain Sayed said: "It is in fact a government in exile".
The PML-Q leaders said that the party had suggested to the prime minister to convene a National Assembly session before going to the US in order to get full authority from the legislature. The government neither had the political will nor the expertise to steer the country out of the present crisis, the Dawn quoted them as saying.
Chaudhry Shujaat said that the PPP had obtained votes in Sindh by using the Sindh card, but it had done nothing for the downtrodden people of the province.
They said that had Benazir Bhutto been alive today, the situation would have been different. "Had Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto been alive today, the people of Sindh would not have been victimised and the government would have evolved some strategy to provide relief to the people," he said.
Mushahid Hussain said that PML leaders and workers were being subjected to inhuman atrocities and cited the example of Altaf Unnar and his son. He also alleged that the Shirazis of Thatta and PML-Q leaders in other districts were also being victimised.