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first_imgIslamabad: Leaders of Pakistan’s Opposition party leaders on Monday denounced Imran Khan for his controversial comments against them in the US, saying the “selected” Prime Minister was an “embarrassment” for the country. Khan, on his first official visit to the US after coming to power in August last year attacked Opposition party leaders, including jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and ex-president Asif Ali Zardari while addressing the Pakistani diaspora in Washington on Sunday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USWhile referring to political leaders in the country, Khan said: “They have one purpose, they want to hear three words from me: NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance).” The NRO is a controversial amnesty ordinance issued by the former President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, on October 5, 2007. It benefitted leaders Zardari. The NRO was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on December 16, 2009. Prime Minister Khan said that under his government, powerful individuals in Pakistan were being held accountable, which included the seizure of their benami properties. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsReacting to Khan’s statements, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said: “Imran is a ruler not a leader.” He said that the country needs a leader who speaks for Pakistan and not “just himself.” “Pitty even when representing our country abroad the selected prime minister can’t get off his container,” he said. PPP Senator Sherry Rehman called Khan’s rally in DC is an “embarrassment” for the nation. She further claimed that diplomats in Islamabad were “shocked and embarrassed” after Khan’s polarising speech to the crowd gathered in the US capital. PPP Secretary General Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari said, “Imran Khan is selected, but he should also take care of the country’s honour.” Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal on Monday strongly criticised Prime Minister Khan for his policies in general and his speech in Washington in particular. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, flanked by PML-N leaders Marriyum Aurangzeb and Dr Mussadik Malik, the former planning minister said, “Yesterday, our selected prime minister admitted that the opposition leaders were arrested on the government’s behest.” “It has revealed once again that the so-called accountability is a vengeful agenda of the government,” he said, accusing the government of “using national institutions for political gains.” Iqbal complained that, in the past, retired Gen Musharraf had used the National Accountability Bureau against politicians, and the same organisation was now being used to safeguard the government of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by Prime Minister Khan. “The selected prime minister is proving that he is unqualified,” the PML-N leader said. He also ridiculed Khan for, “repeating the same speech [without considering] that he is in China or in front of international capitalists”. Opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly address Khan a ‘selected’ prime minister though he came into power in August last year after winning the general elections. But it was widely believed when Khan’s PTI party won the elections as he was tacitly backed the powerful military which plays a major role in Pakistan. Pakistan’s federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda praised Prime Minister Khan’s rally in the US and said it was a message to the global community regarding the country’s integrity.last_img read more


Jaguar Land Rover is today celebrating the one millionth Land Rover Discovery manufactured at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands. The company is marking the milestone by setting off on an expedition from the model’s birthplace in Birmingham to Beijing in China, one of its fastest-growing markets – arriving on 23 April at the start of the city’s motor show.The announcement marks a significant achievement for the UK automotive industry, with the Discovery’s global sales up by 16% year on year to a record 45,000 units in 2011, and 83% of the model’s production being exported to 170 different markets around the world. The Solihull plant workforce alone has increased by 20% in the last six months, rising to 6,000 to meet growing international demand for Land Rover products.Alan Volkaerts, Operations Director at JLR’s Solihull plant, said, “Many people are involved in the production of the Discovery, and many have been here for the whole journey, from car number one to car number one million. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every one of them. They have done a brilliant job, and have displayed great dedication and service. These are the men and women who have made the Discovery the success story it is today.”The Discovery’s expedition route will cover some 8,000 miles across 13 countries in 50 days. A team of four Land Rover Experience experts will tackle both extreme terrain and adverse weather conditions in the one millionth Discovery to roll off the line at Solihull. The journey launches a fundraising project that aims to raise £1 million for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).Last year saw a number of high-profile investment announcements from UK automotive companies, including Jaguar Land Rover. Major UK automotive sector announcements in 2011 amounted to the creation of around 9,900 new jobs, the safeguarding of over 12,000 jobs, investments worth over £4 billion either directly in UK automotive or in automotive supply chain activities, nine new vehicle models and long-term announcements to manufacture four next generation vehicle models in the UK.Click through to download the latest monthly data reports on UK automotive manufacturing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more